Jan 07 2013

Wat Chalong, Phuket

The central worship hall.

If you’re looking for the heart of Phuket’s Thai Buddhist community, Wat Chalong is the place to go. The 200-year-old temple has grown in size and stature in tandem with Phuket’s development, and it’s now the island’s busiest and biggest temple. Far from being a place of quiet contemplation, Wat Chalong is a lively and … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

One man's trash...

Bangkok is vast and bursting with things to do, but it can still be a bit tricky finding something off the tourist radar if you’re not familiar with the city. But Talad Rot Fai (the Train Market) ticks all the boxes when it comes to a hip local hangout for those in the know. If … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

Nuttaporn Ice Cream: Bangkok’s best?

Published by under Food

Mouth-watering...

Nuttaporn Ice Cream in Banglamphu is yet more proof that trendy promotion and shiny shopping malls are no match for an extraordinary product served from a weathered old shophouse. We’ve previously covered several spots in Bangkok to sample a more new-age mix of frozen goodies, but when it comes to old-fashioned, Thai-style ice cream, no … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

What’s the diving like on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Malabar Grouper

What’s it like to dive on Thailand’s Ko Tao? The island really does have something to offer every level of diver; many divers flock here for all sorts of levels of training, and also to just enjoy fun diving. Ko Tao is surrounded by dive sites — more than 20, in fact, with the furthest … read the full post

Jan 04 2013

Ko Samui’s capital, Nathon

Published by under Ko Samui

A tranquil temple just outside the main city.

Nathon on Ko Samui’s west coast is away from the main tourist drag catering more to locals than visitors. This means that prices are generally cheaper at both shops and restaurants, making it worth a daytrip for a bit of shopping and exploring if you can drag yourself away from the beach. And should you … read the full post

Jan 03 2013

Exploring Thailand’s Mukdahan

Published by under Northeast Thailand

The riverfront, looking south from Indochina Market.

Nestled along the Mekong River in the distant reaches of northeastern Thailand (aka Isaan) Mukdahan is perhaps best known as the place to catch a bus to Savannakhet in Laos, or if coming from there, onwards to Thailand’s must-see destinations. Yet this provincial capital city of 50,000 is one of our favourite low-key Isaan cities, … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Bophut shopping, Ko Samui

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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

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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

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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

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