Jan 02 2013

Bophut shopping, Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

Just what the doctor ordered.

Travelling from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village towards Mae Nam, near Peace Resort & Spa, you’ll see a modern strip of shops and coffee houses that are worth a poke around. Maissa’s Party Shop, painted bright pink, always shows a colourful and themed window display. As Ko Samui doesn’t have any malls as such, Maissa’s is one … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

The “what meter?” Bangkok airport taxi scam

Published by under Transport

Don't get "taken for a ride"!

Generally speaking, Bangkok’s brightly coloured taxis are abundant, cheap and reliable, but we’ve heard one too many stories from travellers who were “taken for a ride” from Suvarnabhumi airport in more way than one. Here’s how a common taxi scam plays out, and how to avoid it. After passing immigration and collecting bags, travellers emerge … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Review: Pala Pizza Romana, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Two slices of Margherita.

We spotlighted a few of Bangkok’s best pizza joints back in October 2011, but that was before Pala Pizza Romana hit the scene just over a year ago. This casual, easy-to-reach restaurant brims with red, white and green goodness and has since become our go-to spot when an Italian craving needs quenching. While Bella Napoli … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Review: Kopitiam by Wilai, Phuket

Published by under Food

The look is vintage, but the noodles are fresh.

Kopitiam by Wilai is a newish place but its retro design complete with vintage photos of the island’s past makes it feel like an old favourite in Phuket’s Old Town. The word kopitiam should be familiar to travellers around Southeast Asia, a Malay-Hokkien phrase that translates simply to “coffee shop”. It’s a fitting name for … read the full post

Dec 30 2012

Chiang Mai’s Tha Pae Road

Published by under Sights & activities

New boutique hotel?

The slightly grubby and often congested stretch of road running between Chiang Mai’s Narawat Bridge and Tha Pae Gate, which goes by the name of Tha Pae Road, has always been firmly in the say light blue or at best purple set on Chiang Mai’s imaginary Monopoly board but these days, while not yet up … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Samui Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Published by under Sights & activities

Why did the chicken cross the road? To pester the dog of course.

Samui Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has been improving the lives of Ko Samui’s animals for 13 years, and is a cause well worth supporting. Their main shelter is in Taling Ngam, where homeless animals are housed until a new home can be found for them, and where quarantined animals will go. A second, smaller … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Can children learn to scuba dive on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Little Mermaid!

Ko Tao attracts more families each year and I would think that most parents, divers or not, might be surprised by what’s on offer diving wise for their little mermaids. Here’s a wrap on what kids can do and expect when it comes to scuba diving on the island. Clearly your children can enjoy snorkelling … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Bangkok

Published by under Events

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Bangkok is surely the most hedonistic of all cities in Southeast Asia, so you can be certain they’ll throw a great party to ring in 2013. Most of the biggest clubs have begun to unveil their New Year plans, with a general theme of “lots of DJs and drink promotions” to entice in the punters. … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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Ko Pha Ngan never has a shortage of parties, and New Year’s Eve is certainly no exception. Indeed, in true Ko Pha Ngan style, not only do parties lead up to the special day, but parties are held afterwards as well for those who want to keep the celebratory spirit alive. Here’s a wrap up … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

Dream Keeper coffee & art studio, Thonburi

Published by under Art & culture

Let me just finish park my horse out front before I order.

I’m always amazed at the surprises Bangkok pulls out of its hat when I least expect it. For instance, who would have thought that a unique Thai artist influenced by Native American art would have tucked a funky gallery/cafe on a sidestreet behind the major tourist attraction of Wat Arun? A recent stroll proved this … read the full post

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