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

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

Published by under Food

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

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