Nov 03 2012

Rainy season indoor activities for families on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

Be sure to stock up on ear plugs.

With Samui’s rainy season on the doorstep, it’s best to be armed with a few bad weather alternatives — even if they are not exactly authentically Thai — for when the heavens open up. Samui does not have big malls like Phuket, but a few indoor entertainment options offer some family fun. Samui is home … read the full post

Nov 02 2012

Bangkok’s two Little Indias

Published by under Art & culture

A few of Shakti's friends.

In Thailand, cultural influences from India run deep. Thai kings are referred to as “Rama” after the main character in the Indian epic, Ramayana, and Thai religion is a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, both of which came from India. Early influences like these are now indistinguishable from greater Thai culture, but two distinct Indian … read the full post

Oct 31 2012

Rayong’s old town

Published by under Rayong

Rayong's old town -- yet another one of Thailand's pleasant surprises.

A reaction, perhaps, to Thailand‘s push for modernisation over the past 60 years, many previously neglected historic neighbourhoods across the country have evolved of late into artsy “old towns” that celebrate rather than reject their heritage. The eastern Thai city of Rayong is often written off by foreign travellers as an uninspiring stop on the … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Weddings on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Lily dressed in pearls for the occasion.

Thinking of a beach wedding? Ko Samui has a selection of professional wedding planners you can turn to for all the organising, and with postcard-view beach backdrops, it makes an ideal wedding location. If you’re coming here from the West, in general favourable currency exchanges — in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia — mean … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Review: Tenta Nakara luxury tent resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

A peek inside the 2-bedroom tent.

Tenta Nakara on Naka Yai Island is a resort that truly earns its ‘eco’ badge. Found just 15 minutes by boat off the east coast of Phuket, Tenta Nakara has 16 tents set in a serene jungle-meets-the-beach setting. Open since 2008, the resort occupies a stretch of white-sand beach on Naka Yai’s east side, with … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

A boat trip at Tha Kha floating market

Things move a bit more slowly in these parts.

Tropical flowers reach over our tiny wooden row boat, tickling my shoulders and filling the air with fragrance as we pass. Curious children and dogs peer at us from the porches of stilted homes that hover over the water. A farmer, his boat brimming with fresh-picked pineapples, flashes a smile before making small talk with … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Review: Double Dogs Tea Room, Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Tea room table-scape.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a must for the culturally inclined Asian-food-loving traveller (or those who just love to shop), but it’s also crowded, sticky, cramped, and most of all, exhausting. Double Dogs Tea Room is an oasis amid the chaos of Yaowarat Road well worth seeking out. A stroll down Yaowarat, the backbone of Chinatown, takes … read the full post

Oct 24 2012

Photo essay: Offbeat Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now THAT'S a bunch of bananas!

Exploring Ko Samui’s beaches, towns and interior makes for uncovering quite a few out-of-the-ordinary sights. Here we showcase a selection of the type of things you might see while tripping around — go on, snap more than the usual holiday pictures while you’re here. Above you see a pig-tailed macau monkey, used as a coconut … read the full post

Oct 23 2012

Review: Shades of Retro, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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In Bangkok, furniture and tat stores seem to go hand in hand with cool drinking venues. The city is full of them, and Shades of Retro is one of the coolest. While the location is always advertised as being on Thong Lo Soi 18, those in the know will know it’s actually a little further … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Review: Royal India Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Royal India's specialty sweets on display outside.

Some of Bangkok’s best food is found in nondescript hole-in-the-wall restaurants and markets hiding behind high-rises. Tucked down a dark alley near Sri Guru Singh Sabah Sikh temple in Pahurat, tiny Royal India Restaurant is yet another diamond in the rough that takes a little effort to find but rewards those who appreciate real Indian … read the full post

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