Dec 14 2011

Temple touring on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Those in search of a spiritual experience on Ko Samui will not be disappointed, as the island offers many temples and religious sites to explore. Each temple offers a unique experience, but all have a sense of serenity. Here we’ve done the legwork for you, and rounded up the most impressive. Big Buddha (Wat Phra … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

What you can buy in Bangkok (besides souvenirs)

Published by under Shopping

We now know what you need to consider bringing to Bangkok. But besides the standard Thai souvenirs, what should you buy in Bangkok rather than at home? Here’s a list of items you may have assumed are not readily available on this side of the world and may even save some cash picking up here. … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

Chiang Mai and Mandalay

Published by under Burma

With Burma much in the news of late thanks to the Burmese government at least appearing to be making some tentative steps toward “normalisation”, and tourism there looking set to increase dramatically we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the contrasting twin northern capitals of Burma and Thailand: Chiang … read the full post

Dec 08 2011

December getaways: From Bangkok to Ko Chang

Published by under East coast islands

Ko Chang lays to the southeast of Bangkok an easy five hours by bus. Lazy beaches belt this (very) mountainous island in the Gulf of Thailand, while inland waterfalls, craggy headlands and pleasant hiking await the city weary. Christmas in Bangkok might be exciting, but sundowners with your toes in the sand and some crabs … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Animal activities for kids on Samui

Published by under For kids

Although Ko Samui does not have much to offer in the way of true ‘wildlife’ experiences, a few activities will keep animal-loving kids entertained. Samui doesn’t have any wildlife sanctuaries or national parks — somewhere like Laos would be the place to really get back to nature, where you can visit gibbons in their natural … read the full post

Dec 05 2011

How to eat street food: Noodle soup

Published by under Food

Our How to eat series explores common street food in Thailand and explains the how-and-what of ordering. Ready, set, EAT. Noodle soup is one of the most common dishes served on the footpaths and sidewalks in the Kingdom — it can be found in tiny alleys behind a wat, next to convenience stores, and on … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

December getaway: Thong Nai Pan Yai, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Located on Ko Pha Ngan’s east coast, Thong Nai Pan Yai beach is far from the party revellers of Haad Rin beach, as it is not as easy to access, making it particularly good for families. The resorts on this beach will collect guests daily from the ferry pier, or the occasional guest sails in. … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Thailand’s Big Mountain Music Festival

Published by under Events

Music. Tents. Omelettes. Massages. If you want a true “Thai” experience, head to Thailand’s biggest music festival, the third annual Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF3) on December 10-11, 2011 in Bonanza Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima. Most tourists travelling through Thailand don’t get to experience Thai music, besides the occasional Thai hit blasting on your taxi’s … read the full post

Dec 01 2011

December getaway: Ko Mun Nork

Published by under East coast islands

Idyllic Ko Mun Nork is a good island to have up your sleeve when it comes to traveller “who has been where” competitions as you’ll likely be greeted with a sea of blank faces when you mention it. It’s also an incredibly beautiful spot that is rarely crowded and goes to bed early. Calm waters … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Getting a Chinese visa in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

In a fantastic departure from the way that nationalism (as a concept of nationhood, not a political system) was traditionally explained, Benedict Anderson posited that nations are nations because we, collectively, decided to believe in them as nations. It’s easy to see the logic in that as you travel around Southeast Asia. While the ethnic … read the full post

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