Nov 13 2012

Reggae music and bars on Samui

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Beautifully haphazard.

Anyone looking for a little laidback reggae vibe will not be disappointed with Ko Samui’s selection of Rasta bars, local and visiting bands and paraphernalia. Local band the Rasta Monkeys has a fan base of note, and plays at venues around the island. Secret Garden in Bang Rak has recently brought back what was for years … read the full post

Nov 12 2012

Review: Skyla’s Beach House, Kamala beach

Published by under Food

View from the beach bar

Update June 25, 2014: Skyla’s is now closed. Found in an area of Phuket that’s becoming known as a multi-million-dollar villa enclave, the simple Skyla’s Beach House on Kamala beach is a pleasant surprise for those of us seeking seafront dining without having to shell out big baht for the privilege. Skyla’s Beach House is a … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Review: Portobello Mediterranean Bistro, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Portobello Bistro

Portobello Bistro is the pizza joint of preference in Ko Tao’s Haad Sairee, offering pizzas with a great choice of toppings and no skimping on the portions. It’s open, airy, furnished with dark wood and bustles with people, yet manages to retain a warm atmosphere, making it worth seeking out. The menu includes some tasty … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Where to eat vegetarian in Bangkok

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Frying up veggie rice cakes street side in Chinatown.

Thailand is very much a meat-eating country. Grilled chicken and pork-on-a-stick vendors line the streets of big cities and small towns, and a lashing of fish sauce or chicken stock finds its way into otherwise vegetarian dishes like som tam and sauteed morning glory. Before you resolve to surviving entirely off fruit and plain rice throughout … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, Lampang

Published by under Lampang

Elephants and mahouts near Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai province is clearly the epicentre of elephant activities as far as the tourism trade goes in northern Thailand. There are numerous elephant camps along the Mae Sa, Mae Taeng and Mae Taman valleys, though surrounding provinces also have several, albeit lower key, options. Mae Hong Son has a few small camps around Pai … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

The Pool, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Themed bars can be very hit and miss but, nevertheless, Bangkok loves them. Sometimes the theme is strong, such as the blacksmith workshop-cum-bar, Iron Fairies. Other times the theme is a bit more unfathomable. The Pool is one such bar. As the name suggests, The Pool looks a little bit like a swimming pool. It’s … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

Golf on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Caddie... some help please.

Ko Samui has much to offer golf fanatics, whether they are pros, or just looking to whack a few balls for exercise. Those visiting with kids will enjoy the more family-orientated options available. Here’s a round-up of the golf opportunities to be found on the island. Santiburi Golf Course and Country Club, one of Asia’s … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Banana Beach, Phuket

Banana Beach, unpeeled

With millions of visitors arriving to Phuket for sun-drenched holidays each year it’s safe to say that there are no hidden beaches left on the island, but Banana Beach comes close. Found on a tiny bay and reached only by longtail boat or a jungle path, Banana Beach offers a peaceful escape from Phuket’s tourist … read the full post

Nov 04 2012

A stroll through Chanthaburi’s old town

Published by under Chanthaburi

Crab soup man, I am happy to see you.

Bursting with history and a distinct mix of cultures, the small eastern Thai city of Chanthaburi is among the country’s most precious undervisited gems. “Chan”, as it’s known to locals, is also the literal home to some of Thailand’s most precious gems — the city is the centre of Thailand’s lucrative precious stone trade. With … read the full post

Nov 03 2012

Rainy season indoor activities for families on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

Be sure to stock up on ear plugs.

With Samui’s rainy season on the doorstep, it’s best to be armed with a few bad weather alternatives — even if they are not exactly authentically Thai — for when the heavens open up. Samui does not have big malls like Phuket, but a few indoor entertainment options offer some family fun. Samui is home … read the full post

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