Nov 24 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao with limited time

Published by under Ko Tao

The Big Blue

Doing your open water course here on Ko Tao will take 3 and a half days. But what if you don’t have that long? Learning to dive is best taken at a relaxed pace but if you are really short on time there are a number of things that you can do. Firstly, you could consider … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Being streetwise on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Getting into a little monkey business will see you carted off to jail.

In the first of this two-part story, we advised you on staying healthy  and safe on Ko Samui. Here we offer some advice to newbie travellers on keeping out of trouble, and avoiding scams and ripoffs. When it comes to drugs — don’t be stupid. A few moments of hallucinating bliss are not worth a … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Review: Bar 23, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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“Is it open?” If I had a baht for every time I heard someone ask me that when we pulled up in a taxi to Bangkok’s Bar 23, I’d have enough to kit the bar out with enough toilet paper to last the entire night. Unless you’ve been there before, Bar 23 can be a … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Khai Bang Kung fort and banyan tree temple, Amphawa

Published by under Amphawa

Seriously, there's a temple in there.

Over the centuries, Wat Khai Bang Kung‘s Ayutthaya-era ordination hall along the Mae Khlong river just north of Amphawa has been encased by the roots and branches of banyan trees. The temple grounds later doubled as a naval fort, the site of a fierce 18th century battle between Siam and invaders from Burma. Today, Khai … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Review: Ka Jok See, Phuket

Published by under Food

This is before things really got wild

How do you review a place like Ka Jok See? This long-running restaurant in Phuket Town, set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, is not just a place to wine and dine. It’s a nightly social experiment. It’s a place where even the most reluctant wallflower finds herself twirling on top of a table, shed … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Daytrip: Khao Lak to the Similan Islands

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

One photogenic turtle.

If you’re daydreaming of a trip to the Similan Islands of Thailand’s Andaman Sea in the near future, you’re in luck — the national park is open from November 1 to May 1 so a new season just got underway. Fine white sand beaches, thriving wildlife, majestic seascapes and soaring views from piles of seaside boulders … read the full post

Nov 17 2012

Health and safety on Ko Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Watch that sun... or remember the aloe gel afterwards.

Ko Samui is for the most part a very safe place for travellers. There are certain things to keep in mind, however, especially for those who are not seasoned travellers, to ensure your best chances of staying safe and healthy during a trip here. Ko Samui has a high motorbike accident rate — among the … read the full post

Nov 16 2012

Photo essay: Life in Amphawa

Published by under Amphawa

Late afternoon bicycle ride.

Although it’s just over 70 kilometres from Bangkok, a visit to the riverside hamlet of Amphawa feels like being transported to a bygone era. Farming and fishing have never gone out of style in Amphawa, and life unfolds amid the town’s canals and teak wood homes much as it has for centuries. Amphawa is best … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Eating cheaply on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Yellow Rice and Chicken

Ko Tao has a great range of places to eat but not every spot is suitable to those on a shoestring budget. If you are watching your pennies there’s no need to miss out on tasty treats though; you just need to know where to look. Although there isn’t a night market typical of many … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Homestays of Amphawa

Published by under Amphawa

An early morning Amphawa scene.

The small town of Amphawa some 75 kilometres southwest of Bangkok is best known for its weekend market, which attracts urban Thais in droves. The market is well worth a trip, but a mid-week visit offers the chance to be swept up in Amphawa’s ultra-relaxed atmosphere while saving a decent chunk of change on accommodation, … read the full post

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