Aug 04 2012

Tuk tuks in Thailand

Published by under Transport

Classic blue and yellow Bangkok tuk tuks.

The unofficial symbols of Thailand, nimble three-wheeled motorised transport machines known as tuk tuks may be found clamouring through the streets of most Thai cities. Looked upon as novelties by many foreign visitors but as useful options for transporting people and supplies by locals, tuk tuks are as popular today as ever in Thailand. The … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Buriram

Published by under Buriram

Muang Tam

The southern reaches of Northeast Thailand or Isaan is one of our favourite parts of the kingdom. From west to east, the provinces of Buriram, Surin, Si Saket and Ubon Ratchathani abut the Dandrek Mountains and the border with Cambodia, and indeed in the southern parts of these provinces you’re just as likely to hear … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Should I do PADI or SSI?

Published by under Ko Tao

Don't look now but there's a fish!

As if choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao wasn’t a big enough task in itself, you are then likely to be asked if you would prefer an SSI or PADI course. Here’s what you need to know. Firstly, both PADI and SSI are internationally recognised and you can dive anywhere in the world with … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Review: Bug & Bee Cafe, Silom

Published by under Food

A portrait of the cafe's founders?

Bug & Bee Cafe on Silom Road offers standard Thai dishes, Italian and Japanese inspired vegetarian fare, French-style crepes with a Thai twist, and a host of fusion dishes that aren’t afraid to test the limits of cuisine-blending experimentation. Add a host of baked goods and extensive coffee, bubble tea and smoothie menus, and Bug … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Ko Samui’s Big Buddha and surrounds

Published by under Sights & activities

So pretty. Now what can I put in there?

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) is an iconic Ko Samui image. Located on the 4171 at the end of Bang Rak, as one rounds the bend to Plai Laem, this huge statue is glimmering gold and visible from kilometres away. Perched atop a platform, it’s much higher above sea level than its own 12-metre height, … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Bangkok’s VW bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Cheap and cheerful

VW bars are converted vans with staff operating the cocktail shakers from inside the Volkswagen. Decorated with neon fairy lights, disco balls and impressive sound systems blaring out the latest pop hits, they’re a noticeable addition to Bangkok party street Sukhumvit 11. Bangkok is a city where you can just as easily find high-end drinking … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Ajahn Mun shrine at Wat Pa Suthawat, Sakon Nakhon

Published by under Northeast Thailand

A Forest Tradition monk removes wax from candlesoffered by visitors at Wat Pa Suthawat.

One of the founding fathers of the Thai Forest Buddhist Tradition, Ajahn Mun Bhuridato (1870-1949) revitalised Buddhism in Thailand by living in a way that reflected the historical Buddha’s lifestyle as closely as possible, and many believe enlightenment to have been his reward. Throughout his years, Ajahn Mun wandered in untouched jungles while devoting himself … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Khao niaow bing and other Thai sticky rice goodies

Published by under Food

Diving into a mouth-watering khanom pat jang.

Walk through just about any authentic food market in Thailand and you’ll notice vendors selling plump portions of something hidden under hearty dark banana or bamboo leaf wrappers. Sometimes (as I once found out unwittingly) these leaves contain grilled fish or fish curry cakes, but more often than not a sweet or savoury sticky rice … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Samui Football Golf

Published by under Sights & activities

Coconaldo demos how it is done

Located near the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf makes for a great family daytrip, or a good outing for a group of competitive friends, too. Exercise routines are often forgotten when on holiday, so this is a way to get the blood flowing without hitting the treadmill, and makes a pleasant alternative … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Preparing to take your first breaths.

Thailand’s Ko Tao has somewhere in the region of 40 dive centres, so choosing one can feel daunting, particularly if you have never dived before. As with any choice, you need to keep in mind what you are looking for during your experience; don’t waver or compromise, and you should get what you want.  So, … read the full post

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