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

Dec 08 2012

Christmas in Bangkok 2012

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Ready or not, Santa will invade Bangkok soon.

Old Saint Nick looked a bit thin last year thanks to the tropical heat (or mistaking chillies for candy canes), but he was still sighted in Bangkok riding in trains, ho-ho-ing beneath highway overpasses and soaring above the skyline in a magic flying-elephant-powered tuk tuk. Here’s where you can catch up with Santa for Christmas … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

What’s the best beach on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Haad Sai Daeng

If I had 100 baht for each time someone asked me which is the best beach on Ko Tao then I wouldn’t need to work again. The answer isn’t that simple and like anything in life it depends on your definition of best. The simplest thing to do then would be to work our way … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Street food on Silom Soi 20, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Lunch of champions; note the Christmas tree platter used as a rice dish!

Apart from pad Thai, smoothies and kebabs on Khao San Road, ordering street food in Bangkok can be frustrating if you don’t know the Thai lingo. Menus are usually posted only in Thai and many basic dishes — like som tam and noodle soup — come with a range of options that can leave travellers dumbfounded. … read the full post

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