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

Nov 02 2012

Bangkok’s two Little Indias

Published by under Art & culture

A few of Shakti's friends.

In Thailand, cultural influences from India run deep. Thai kings are referred to as “Rama” after the main character in the Indian epic, Ramayana, and Thai religion is a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, both of which came from India. Early influences like these are now indistinguishable from greater Thai culture, but two distinct Indian … read the full post

Oct 31 2012

Rayong’s old town

Published by under Rayong

Rayong's old town -- yet another one of Thailand's pleasant surprises.

A reaction, perhaps, to Thailand‘s push for modernisation over the past 60 years, many previously neglected historic neighbourhoods across the country have evolved of late into artsy “old towns” that celebrate rather than reject their heritage. The eastern Thai city of Rayong is often written off by foreign travellers as an uninspiring stop on the … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Weddings on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Lily dressed in pearls for the occasion.

Thinking of a beach wedding? Ko Samui has a selection of professional wedding planners you can turn to for all the organising, and with postcard-view beach backdrops, it makes an ideal wedding location. If you’re coming here from the West, in general favourable currency exchanges — in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia — mean … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Lampang’s Elephant Hospital

Published by under Lampang

You looking at me?

If you’d like to get up close to some Asian elephants, learn more about pachyderms and even contribute to the animals’ welfare — but would prefer to avoid visiting one of North Thailand’s numerous elephant camps and shows — then Lampang’s famous elephant hospital might be the spot for you. The Lampang Elephant Hospital — … read the full post

Oct 29 2012

Review: Tenta Nakara luxury tent resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

A peek inside the 2-bedroom tent.

Tenta Nakara on Naka Yai Island is a resort that truly earns its ‘eco’ badge. Found just 15 minutes by boat off the east coast of Phuket, Tenta Nakara has 16 tents set in a serene jungle-meets-the-beach setting. Open since 2008, the resort occupies a stretch of white-sand beach on Naka Yai’s east side, with … read the full post

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