Aug 24 2012

Learning Thai on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

I am not jumping up and down because I need the bathroom, I want to buy popcorn!

Learning a new language is hard enough at the best of times and Thai is so different from English and the Romance languages that for a farang (Westerner), learning Thai can seem a little overwhelming. Anyone wanting to stay in the country for more than a few months however would be wise to pick up … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Review: Marshmallow, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 11 is bursting with new high-end bars and restaurants, including Marshmallow, which opened its doors in early 2012. If you have something a little more respectable than flip-flops and harem pants to wear, you might want to venture into Bangkok’s hi-so (that’s high society for the uninitiated) territory. Though there’s no dress … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Cappuccino Bistro, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Go on! You know you want to!

Cappuccino Bistro is the only French-owned bakery on Ko Tao. It serves a variety of cakes, tarts and sandwiches along with arguably the best cup of coffee around and is well located up the hill on the main road in Sairee running from the pier. This spot is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.  … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani

Published by under Ubon Ratchathani

Sunset near Khong Chiam

Pha Taem National Park is certainly not one of Thailand’s best known parks, but this small park in Ubon Ratchatani’s Khong Chiam district packs a lot into its 340 square kilometres and is well worth a visit if you happen to be in these parts. The park consists of a rocky plateau gently rising from … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Sitting pretty on a lotus flower.

Wat Plai Laem may not be the oldest temple on Ko Samui, but it’s probably the most spectacular, and a good place to take children for a bit of Thai culture and a break from the beaches. Although relatively new – it was built in 2004 – it’s constructed in traditional style and methods, so … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

AirAsia moving to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport October 1

Published by under Transport

North Bangkok as seen while looping towards Don Muang Airport from the west.

This is old news to many out there, but we felt a one-month reminder was in order: All AirAsia flights from Bangkok — whether domestic or international — will depart from the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok’s northern reaches beginning October 1. Whether it’s due to them being occupied by political demonstrators, flood waters … read the full post

Aug 19 2012

Review: Muslim Restaurant on Charoen Krung Road

Published by under Food

Trendy restaurants with catchy names are in no short supply in Bangkok, but when it comes to food, image is no match for taste. Case in point: Muslim Restaurant (yes, that’s it’s official name) on Bangrak‘s historic Charoen Krung Road has been serving up some of the city’s best Indian-Thai Muslim fare in a classic, … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Can you fly from Bangkok to Ko Tao? Almost.

Published by under Transport

f coming from Chumphon, grab a seat on the right side of the plane for an ocean view.

Tired of buses? Looking for a flying adventure? Although not for the faint of heart, Solar Air offers the Bangkok to Chumphon route, which is the closest you’ll come to flying from the Thai capital to Ko Tao. Their 12-seater planes make for an exciting way to get from city to beach in a flash. … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

What’s the best time to visit Ko Samui?

Published by under Sights & activities

Time it right, and Chaweng beach is all yours.

The best time to visit a place weather-wise is usually a time that everybody wants to visit, so choosing a time that’s just right — that is, with decent weather but some extra elbow room — can be tricky. Here’s the lowdown on the best time to visit Ko Samui taking both weather and crowds … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Review: Suk 11 Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Chicken in pandan leaves -- out of the wrapper and into the sauce.

Known as an earthy-crunchy backpacker institution off touristy Sukhumvit Road Soi 11 in Bangkok, Suk 11 Hostel also happens to boast an outstanding Thai restaurant. The extensive menu looks pricey at first glance, but Suk 11’s relaxed yet classy atmosphere, large portions, and delicious food make it worth a stop if passing through, or even … read the full post

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