Nov 30 2012

Review: La Fabrique French Bakery, Lamai, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

A good spot to satisfy a caffeine craving.

Shortly after the Lamai temple and the bend in the road on the 4169 when coming from Chaweng, you’ll find a little piece of France. There’s a large concentration of French expats in this part of Ko Samui, and many gather at La Fabrique for a taste of home. The bakery supplies many of the … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Warp54 Studio, Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

No cannons left over from the Japanese, but the eyes on some of these portraits could blow a hole right through you.

Historic Charoen Krung Road in Bangrak has long been home to fantastic Asian antique art galleries, but Belgian painter Chrisian Develter and partner Peter Smits contribute a fresh breath of artistic air at Warp54 Studio. Not far from the old Portuguese embassy on Charoen Krung Soi 30, Warp54 occupies an airy teak wood warehouse constructed … read the full post

Nov 28 2012

Review: Akiira Spa, Chaweng Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

They smell good enough to taste.

Akiira Spa is located within New Star Beach Resort & Spa on the hill overlooking Chaweng Noi bay. The resort’s modern, airy feel carries through to the spa, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, orange and yellow hues, and comfortable furnishings. My visit was during torrential rain, so it made a great escape, watching the weather outside … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

Swimming Rama (pork with peanut sauce) near Chatuchak

Published by under Food

Coconut curry peanut gravy or whatever it is -- we'll just call it yummy.

Chatuchak market is best known as a sprawling maze of trendy clothes and souvenirs, but some notably good food is also found in its vicinity. Head for nearby Or Tor Kor gourmet market for a taste of high quality fruit, sweets and prepared Thai foods, and while there, don’t miss a Malay/Indonesian cum Chinese cum … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao with limited time

Published by under Ko Tao

The Big Blue

Doing your open water course here on Ko Tao will take 3 and a half days. But what if you don’t have that long? Learning to dive is best taken at a relaxed pace but if you are really short on time there are a number of things that you can do. Firstly, you could consider … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Being streetwise on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Getting into a little monkey business will see you carted off to jail.

In the first of this two-part story, we advised you on staying healthy  and safe on Ko Samui. Here we offer some advice to newbie travellers on keeping out of trouble, and avoiding scams and ripoffs. When it comes to drugs — don’t be stupid. A few moments of hallucinating bliss are not worth a … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Review: Bar 23, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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“Is it open?” If I had a baht for every time I heard someone ask me that when we pulled up in a taxi to Bangkok’s Bar 23, I’d have enough to kit the bar out with enough toilet paper to last the entire night. Unless you’ve been there before, Bar 23 can be a … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Khai Bang Kung fort and banyan tree temple, Amphawa

Published by under Amphawa

Seriously, there's a temple in there.

Over the centuries, Wat Khai Bang Kung‘s Ayutthaya-era ordination hall along the Mae Khlong river just north of Amphawa has been encased by the roots and branches of banyan trees. The temple grounds later doubled as a naval fort, the site of a fierce 18th century battle between Siam and invaders from Burma. Today, Khai … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Review: Ka Jok See, Phuket

Published by under Food

This is before things really got wild

How do you review a place like Ka Jok See? This long-running restaurant in Phuket Town, set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, is not just a place to wine and dine. It’s a nightly social experiment. It’s a place where even the most reluctant wallflower finds herself twirling on top of a table, shed … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Daytrip: Khao Lak to the Similan Islands

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

One photogenic turtle.

If you’re daydreaming of a trip to the Similan Islands of Thailand’s Andaman Sea in the near future, you’re in luck — the national park is open from November 1 to May 1 so a new season just got underway. Fine white sand beaches, thriving wildlife, majestic seascapes and soaring views from piles of seaside boulders … read the full post

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