Dec 20 2012

Review: Nirvana Restaurant & Bar, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Spicy but nice.

New restaurant Nirvana in popular Fisherman’s Village offers a selection of Thai, Asian-fusion and Western food. The decor is warm and inviting, with a lounge-type feel created by wooden and rattan furniture, burgundy cushions and drapes and candles on the table. Choose from several seating areas: stools around the bar, inside dining tables, streetfront bar tables … read the full post

Dec 20 2012

Review: Levels, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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You’ll never be short of somewhere to drink on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and it seems the last few months have seen an exponential increase in the number of new bars and clubs opening their doors. Competition is getting stiff, but Levels is proving to be one of the most successful launches. Hop in the lift … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Trang’s botanical gardens and jungle canopy walkway

Published by under Trang

From boring plantlife researcher to exciting jungle adventurer in five minutes.

Most travellers briefly pass through south Thailand’s Trang province en route to one of the Andaman Sea islands, perhaps grabbing a kopi or stopping by one of the area’s many waterfalls along the way. In search of something different, we recently gave the Trang Peninsular Botanical Gardens (Thung Khai) a shot. We were expecting plants … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Christmas in Phuket 2012

Published by under Festivals

Toot toot! The Central Christmas train.

While the vast majority of Phuket’s populace is Buddhist and Muslim, the Christmas season always arrives in full glittering force to its sandy shores. Phuket malls are cranking out festive ambient tunes, hotel lobbies are lit up with sparkling faux-pine trees and young cashiers at various shops are sporting sexy Santa hats. Most Phuket resorts … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Spark! Circus

Published by under For kids

Good to see some smiles.

Spark! (that’s with the !) is a group of volunteer circus performers who try to add a little sparkle to the lives of disadvantaged children in refugee camps, migrant schools, hospitals and orphanages along the Thai-Burmese border. More than 200, 000 refugees are based in camps along the border, with a large proportion of them … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Getting to Ko Tao from Bangkok

Published by under Ko Tao

Take the beach express!

The only difficult thing about getting to Ko Tao from Bangkok is choosing from the myriad options available. What you choose will ultimately depend on your budget and how much time you have. When heading down to Ko Tao from Bangkok, your ferry jump off point on the mainland is Chumphon. To get there, you … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Christmas on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

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If it’s tradition you’re after for Christmas and you’ll be on Thailand’s Ko Samui, the island won’t let you down in the roast-with-gravy-and-all-the-trimmings department. Many of the resorts –and not only the high-end ones — include a compulsory gala dinner for Christmas Eve. If you’re paying for it, you may as well make the most … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Bangkok hipster bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Those unfamiliar with Bangkok’s nightlife may assume Bangkok has a monopoly on sleazy bars and not a whole lot else. But those who’ve spent a little more time — demonstrated some dedication, even — on discovering the city’s drinking establishments will know Bangkok has a very fine line in hipster hangouts, too. Often defined by … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Phuket scams and rip-offs, part 2: Taxis

Published by under Health & safety

The Phuket tuk-tuk: a modest ride at an opulent price.

Of all the scams to watch for in Phuket, the taxi rip-off deserves special mention. Anyone who has travelled through any other part of Thailand will be shocked the first time they hire a Phuket taxi or tuk tuk, which can be four or five times more expensive than trips of a similar distance in … read the full post

Dec 09 2012

Exploring Lampang

Published by under Lampang

Talard Kao Road

Khao San, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Pai and… Lampang? North Thailand’s Lampang city (capital of the province of the same name) has never been and probably never will be on anyone’s itinerary of hot Thai destinations. Well, so much the better for the trickle of more adventurous foreign visitors who do make the worthwhile detour to … read the full post

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