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

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

Saranrom Royal Garden, Bangkok

"That's right, I cyled all day in the hot sun, what a work out..."

Despite being tucked right behind Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, Saranrom Royal Garden (aka Saranrom Park) is one of Bangkok’s most overlooked green spaces. This distinguished patch of trees, ponds, flowers and gazebos once hosted Thai royal gatherings. Now a public park, Saranrom is a pleasant and convenient spot for a morning stroll, a … 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

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