Jan 14 2013

The PhanganProject, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The community center area, inside Phangan Chai hotel

Years ago, His Majesty the King of Thailand declared Ko Pha Ngan to be a part of an organic island movement; that is, he asked Thai people to promote eco-friendly, organic activities on the island. The idea is honourable and ambitious, but unfortunately, until recently, besides a few organic farms that have slowly taken shape … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

Coral Island, Phuket

Not the worst place in the world: Coral's Banana Beach.

Coral Island is an easy 15-minute boat trip away from Phuket’s southeastern coast. Though Coral’s main beach gets busy with day-trippers, if you plan it right it’s possible to enjoy the island in the idyllic glory promised on the postcards. Known locally as Ko Hei, Coral Island has two sandy beaches lining its shore, backed … read the full post

Jan 12 2013

Getting from Ko Tao to the mainland

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West Side

A new ferry service from Ko Tao has streamlined the process of getting from the island to any southern Thai mainland or west coast destination. Previously the journey involved was protracted and tiring but this new service offered by Lomprayah raises the bar and offers a much needed joint-ticket, southern and west coast connection. You … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Above-water water sports, Ko Samui

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Perfect for a paddle.

With Ko Samui’s beautiful beaches and generally calm waters, trying out some sort of water activity is a must. Aside from snorkelling, diving and boating, Ko Samui offers opportunities to try plenty of other water sports, including kayaking, kite-surfing, stand-up paddling, windsurfing, surfing (a little!) and jetski-ing. Here’s a round up of how and where … read the full post

Jan 10 2013

Bangkok’s Ancient Siam

A monk strolls through one of Ancient Siam's many passages.

Known as Muang Boran in Thai, Ancient Siam is an open-air museum south of Bangkok that features replicas of Thailand’s most important historical sites along with sculpture gardens and mini-museums. Though the replicas are a far cry from originals both in scope and craftsmanship, Ancient Siam earns points for its relaxing atmosphere, impressive scale, creative … read the full post

Jan 09 2013

Best of Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

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Haad Salad is located on the sunset side of Ko Pha Ngan, sandwiched between Mae Haad to its north, and Haad Thian to its south. Haad Salad is not, as some foreigners jokingly assume, named after a healthy bowl of lettuce, but rather after the pirates who once congregated in its bay before heading off … read the full post

Jan 08 2013

Ko Samui’s Five Islands, Ko Tan and Ko Matsum

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A more luxurious way to see the islands

Ko Samui is neighbour to a few small islands in the southwest: the Five Islands, known in Thai as Ko Si Ko Ha, which means Four Islands-Five Islands — one island is hidden behind another — plus Ko Tan and Ko Matsum. Ko Si Ko Ha are home to swifts, known for their famous nests … read the full post

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

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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

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