Dec 08 2012

Christmas in Bangkok 2012

Published by under Festivals

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

Dec 06 2012

Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan power failure: What should I do?

Solar power. Wouldn't that be nice!

UPDATE: Power has now been restored to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. We we woke up to the good news this morning, sleeping on the balcony for a breeze, surrounded by mosquitos. There was that tell-tale sound of the fridge buzzing, meaning that the power was on. Supply was restored on the mainland at … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Doing nothing in Thailand’s Chiang Khong

Published by under Chiang Khong

Chiang Khong, early morning

The small riverside town of Chiang Khong is primarily known as an entry or departure point for travellers to Laos but there’s a lot more to this charming north Thai town than an immigration checkpoint and a jetty. We reckon it’s well worth a detour even if you’re not planning on joining the slow boat … read the full post

Dec 05 2012

Bangkok’s Wat Yannawa

This piece is titled "Charming / Frightening".

The glittering rooftop spires of Wat Yannawa are difficult to miss when approaching Saphan Taksin BTS station or Sathorn express boat pier along the Chao Phraya river. Like Wat Kalayanamit further north, Wat Yannawa receives few foreign visitors despite it being historic, ornate and easily accessible. With its elaborate hall of relics and unique wiharn … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

The Virgin Coast, Taling Ngam, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now that's a good reading spot.

Many feel that Ko Samui has become too developed, and in part, that may be true. Luckily it’s possible to escape the crowds and discover the Samui of yesterday only a 45-minute drive from popular Chaweng beach. The unspoilt southwest is known as the Virgin Coast; from the ring road, turn off at Route 4170 … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Phuket scams, rip-offs and hassles

Published by under Health & safety

The water's inviting but the jet-ski ride could come at a high price.

As Thailand’s tourism cash cow, Phuket regrettably attracts some unsavoury characters looking for quick and dirty access into the wallets of the unwary visitor. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common Phuket scams and rip-offs to be aware of to avoid becoming the island’s next victim. The jetski scam is Phuket’s most notorious … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Sunset in Ko Lipe

Having a wonderful time in Ko Lipe, wish you were here.

Most new arrivals to Ko Lipe will want to christen their island adventure with a sunset celebratory toast. And due to the geographical location of Ko Lipe, your selection from the beaches of Lipe for a picturesque sunset will be limited to the west side of the island at Pattaya Beach. This whitesand strip of … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Photo essay: Loy Krathong, Bangkok

Published by under Festivals

A pair of krathongs float at Lumpini Park.

Streets are being swept, dilapidated krathongs make there way out to sea, and people are recuperating from one of Thailand’s most beautiful festivals. The Big Mango celebrates this holiday like it does most of them — with the cracking of fireworks, the blasting of music and a carnival-like atmosphere along the Chao Phraya river. Here’s … read the full post

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