Jan 26 2013

Rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Ko Samui?

Published by under Accommodation

Have a couple of thousand dollars to blow? This could be yours....

More and more visitors to Ko Samui are choosing villa rental over hotel stays. Should you? Each option has its pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on how important price (and hidden costs) are to you, as well as privacy, freedom, space and facilities. For stays of less than a week, resorts … read the full post

Jan 24 2013

How to keep fit on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Grounded

You could be forgiven for thinking that Ko Tao is just about diving and partying, with no thought to healthy lifestyles and fitness pursuits, but you’d be wrong. Here’s a wrap on fitness activities on the island. Yoga is an island mainstay in Thailand, Ko Tao included. The longest running sala, Shambala, is in Sairee … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

The Mae Kok trip, Northern Thailand

Published by under Chiang Rai

The Kok River at Tha Ton

A boat journey on the Kok River (Mae Kok) between Chiang Mai’s Tha Ton town and Chiang Rai city is one of the most scenic river journeys you can do in Northern Thailand. It’s also a generally reliable, reasonably priced and well organised trip yet a relatively under-used one. Here’s a rundown on this picturesque … read the full post

Jan 22 2013

Neilson Hays Library, Cafe & Gallery, Bangkok

A lovely sight in a modern part of town.

For 90 years, the Neilson Hays Library has encouraged English-language readers to expand their minds while enjoying a slice of peace and quiet in hectic Bangkok. A library may not sound like the city’s most exciting attraction, but those seeking culture and sophistication won’t be disappointed by the soothing atmosphere, elegant architecture and formidable collections … read the full post

Jan 19 2013

Review: Mama Pooh’s Kitchen, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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“Cheap price but nice” are the words strung up in bamboo lettering at the entrance to the ever-charming Mama Pooh’s on Ko Pha Ngan. This popular joint is favoured by travellers, locals, yogis, and basically everyone in between. The bamboo salas with thatched rooves make this restaurant an ideal spot to come and stay for … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Samui International Hospital, Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

No, it's not a resort. Those are hospital rooms overlooking the pool.

Ko Samui has more than its share of good hospitals, including Thai International, Bangkok International and Samui International. Although all offer good service and medical standards, we’ve used Samui International several times, and they’ve been professional, efficient and well-priced. They’re located at the northern point of Chaweng beach road, close to the main tourist drag, … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Thailand State Railway ends e-ticket sales

Published by under Transport

Bangkok's Hualamphong Station -- tickets still available here.

No one has ever accused the Thailand State Railway of pushing the technological limits of train travel, and it has just taken a big step backwards by axing its online booking service. A message popped up a few days ago on the official website’s e-ticket (E-SRT) page that “The State Railway of Thailand has decided … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Where to watch sport on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

You want to leave this to go watch sport? Really?

Having travelled with a sports fanatic I know how important seeing the game, match, fight, race or whatever can be. I don’t understand it, but know to some it’s like air. So when you’re travelling to Ko Tao, where to go when you really can’t miss… that thing? If you are in Sairee then it’s … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

Pla tuu (mackerel fish) in Thailand

Published by under Food

Fresh, gutted bla tuu at Mae Khlong market in Samut Songkhram.

The only mackerel I had ever tried before coming to Thailand was an oily, chewy hunk of raw fish at an inland Japanese restaurant some 5,000 miles from Japan. There’s nothing like a questionable piece of sashimi to turn one off to a particular type of seafood, but this salty fish known as pla tuu … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Review: June’s Art Cafe, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

A cup of tea and a slice of heaven.

Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for … read the full post

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