Aug 04 2012

Tuk tuks in Thailand

Published by under Transport

Classic blue and yellow Bangkok tuk tuks.

The unofficial symbols of Thailand, nimble three-wheeled motorised transport machines known as tuk tuks may be found clamouring through the streets of most Thai cities. Looked upon as novelties by many foreign visitors but as useful options for transporting people and supplies by locals, tuk tuks are as popular today as ever in Thailand. The … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Buriram

Published by under Buriram

Muang Tam

The southern reaches of Northeast Thailand or Isaan is one of our favourite parts of the kingdom. From west to east, the provinces of Buriram, Surin, Si Saket and Ubon Ratchathani abut the Dandrek Mountains and the border with Cambodia, and indeed in the southern parts of these provinces you’re just as likely to hear … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Ko Samui’s Big Buddha and surrounds

Published by under Sights & activities

So pretty. Now what can I put in there?

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) is an iconic Ko Samui image. Located on the 4171 at the end of Bang Rak, as one rounds the bend to Plai Laem, this huge statue is glimmering gold and visible from kilometres away. Perched atop a platform, it’s much higher above sea level than its own 12-metre height, … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Ajahn Mun shrine at Wat Pa Suthawat, Sakon Nakhon

Published by under Northeast Thailand

A Forest Tradition monk removes wax from candlesoffered by visitors at Wat Pa Suthawat.

One of the founding fathers of the Thai Forest Buddhist Tradition, Ajahn Mun Bhuridato (1870-1949) revitalised Buddhism in Thailand by living in a way that reflected the historical Buddha’s lifestyle as closely as possible, and many believe enlightenment to have been his reward. Throughout his years, Ajahn Mun wandered in untouched jungles while devoting himself … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Khao niaow bing and other Thai sticky rice goodies

Published by under Food

Diving into a mouth-watering khanom pat jang.

Walk through just about any authentic food market in Thailand and you’ll notice vendors selling plump portions of something hidden under hearty dark banana or bamboo leaf wrappers. Sometimes (as I once found out unwittingly) these leaves contain grilled fish or fish curry cakes, but more often than not a sweet or savoury sticky rice … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Samui Football Golf

Published by under Sights & activities

Coconaldo demos how it is done

Located near the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf makes for a great family daytrip, or a good outing for a group of competitive friends, too. Exercise routines are often forgotten when on holiday, so this is a way to get the blood flowing without hitting the treadmill, and makes a pleasant alternative … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Getting a Thai visa in Savannakhet, Laos

Published by under Visas

Who said visa runs weren't fun?

Set along an expansive and picturesque stretch of the Mekong River in southern Laos, the ultra laidback border town of Savannakhet is a great place to pick up a Thai visa. The Thai consulate here is far quieter and more relaxed than the embassy in Vientiane, and spending a couple of days lounging riverside while … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Photo essay: Street food at Samui’s walking street markets

Published by under Food

No finger bowl, just like your fingers!

No matter your palate — adventurous or run of the mill, spicy or not — Ko Samui’s walking street markets are sure to please.Each neighbourhood schedules theirs on a different night of the week, usually starting at around 17:00. Mae Nam hosts their walking street on a Thursday night, Fisherman’s Village on Fridays, Nathon and … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River

Just another bridge.

You won’t have to be in Bangkok long before you discover the significance of the Chao Phraya River. A short saunter along its banks will reveal boats packed with tourists, ferries stuffed with commuters on their way to the office, stunning architecture, riverside bars, fishermen after their next haul and – if you’re lucky – … read the full post

Jul 10 2012

Catching a ferry to or from Ko Samui

Published by under Transport

Noisy and smelly, but she'll take you right to Haad Rin beach.

Other than flying, the only way to get to Ko Samui is by boat. If you don’t have your own (sigh), that means a ferry from either the mainland or a neighbouring island. Here we give you the low down on your options. Two operators transport cars, trucks and buses to the island, their cavernous … read the full post

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