May 23 2014

Thailand: What are the alternatives?

Published by under Coup 2014

Just an hour from Bali.

So here we are with Thailand yet again in the throes of military rule. The junta (they call themselves the National Peace & Order Maintaining Council) took control on Thursday afternoon, demolished most of the constitution and declared a nationwide curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 daily. Aside from the fact that some people don’t particularly … read the full post

May 20 2014

Army invokes martial law in Thailand: Should travellers be concerned?

Published by under Coup 2014

Peace! (Please.)

Update: The military seized power in a coup as of 16:30 on Thursday, May 22. Protests have been peacefully dispersed and a curfew is enacted from 22:00 to 05:00 until further notice. Refer to this thread in the Travelfish forum for the latest. General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced early Tuesday that the army has invoked martial … read the full post

May 20 2014

Bangkok for kids

Hours of fun.

You don’t need to get all the way to Thailand’s beaches before your children start to love Thailand: Bangkok is one of Asia’s most child-friendly cities. But the heat, the traffic and the sprawl of the city can make it challenging, so here are some pointers for getting the most out of Thailand’s capital with … read the full post

May 12 2014

Bangkok protest update: May 12, 2014

Published by under Coup 2014

What does Thailand's deepening political crisis mean for travellers?

After weeks of relative quiet on the Bangkok protest front, tensions are high again in Thailand after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from power by a court ruling last week. What does this mean for travellers to the kingdom? First, some more background. Decrying the judgment against Yingluck as a “judicial coup”, pro-government red shirts have … read the full post

Apr 09 2014

Burning season in Chiang Mai

Published by under Health & safety

The haze on a good day.

Burning season is once again engulfing Chiang Mai in a worrying haze. In recent years the heat, dust and smog have grown bad enough to merit the question: should you even visit Chiang Mai over the months burning hits its peak — usually February through to April? The answer really depends on what it is … read the full post

Feb 27 2014

Bangkok protest update, 27 February 2014

Published by under Practicalities

Marching on.

Update, 21:30, 28 February: Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has just announced that anti-government protesters will end their occupation of all intersections starting Monday, March 3. The demonstrations will instead be confined to “inside” Lumpini Park. This is a major development — stay tuned for more info. This past week was a tragic one for Thailand, … read the full post

Feb 25 2014

Obtaining a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai

Published by under Practicalities

Rice terraces, Yunnan

Need a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai? There is a Chinese consulate plus attached visa section in the city and while it used to be very straightforward when we last applied a couple of years back, it seems to have got a bit more complicated recently. Here’s what to do. First you need to go … read the full post

Feb 20 2014

Bangkok protest update, 20 February 2014

Published by under Practicalities

The Thailand T-shirt vendors aren't going anywhere.

The dust has settled in Bangkok after a violent clash between police and anti-government protesters left five dead and over 60 injured on Tuesday (February 18). It was the first serious attempt to disperse protesters who have for months occupied government offices and key intersections as part of their “Bangkok Shutdown” campaign. What does this … read the full post

Feb 10 2014

How long should you spend on Phuket?

Published by under Phuket

Nai Thon beach. Who said Phuket was crowded?

Phuket is a big island with plenty to do beyond its beaches. As one of Thailand’s pricier destinations, your budget will be a big factor in deciding how long to stay here, but if you’re interested to explore the island’s off-the-beach attractions, stay in a hostel or cheap guesthouse and eat at local food shops, … read the full post

Feb 10 2014

Bangkok protest update

Published by under Practicalities

The few soldiers in Bangkok have done little so far.

This is hilarious, I thought, while strolling from one anti-government protest site in Bangkok’s shopping district to the other, this past Saturday afternoon. Bursting with street food and clothing stalls, this normally traffic-choked stretch of Rama I Road is now among the city’s most vibrant street markets. With far more casual shoppers around than protesters, … read the full post

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