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

Oct 28 2012

A boat trip at Tha Kha floating market

Things move a bit more slowly in these parts.

Tropical flowers reach over our tiny wooden row boat, tickling my shoulders and filling the air with fragrance as we pass. Curious children and dogs peer at us from the porches of stilted homes that hover over the water. A farmer, his boat brimming with fresh-picked pineapples, flashes a smile before making small talk with … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Review: Double Dogs Tea Room, Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Tea room table-scape.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a must for the culturally inclined Asian-food-loving traveller (or those who just love to shop), but it’s also crowded, sticky, cramped, and most of all, exhausting. Double Dogs Tea Room is an oasis amid the chaos of Yaowarat Road well worth seeking out. A stroll down Yaowarat, the backbone of Chinatown, takes … read the full post

Oct 25 2012

Thailand’s largest banyan tree grove, at Phimai’s Sai Ngam

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Freaky.

Best known for its ancient Khmer ruins, the laidback northeastern Thai town of Phimai is also home to one of Thailand’s spookier sights: Sai Ngam banyan tree grove. Sai Ngam feels like the setting for a twisted horror film where the trees come alive and strangle unsuspecting passersby, and locals believe it’s home to potent … read the full post

Oct 24 2012

Review: The Riverside, Lampang

Published by under Lampang

Don't lean backwards too far whilst watching the band!

One of our favourite eateries in northern Thailand’s Lampang city, the longstanding and popular The Riverside restaurant makes a great lunch stop if you’re on a daytrip, or a fun spot to while away an evening if you’re overnighting in town (and we’d recommend Riverside Guesthouse if you are — as the name implies, it’s … read the full post

Oct 24 2012

Photo essay: Offbeat Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now THAT'S a bunch of bananas!

Exploring Ko Samui’s beaches, towns and interior makes for uncovering quite a few out-of-the-ordinary sights. Here we showcase a selection of the type of things you might see while tripping around — go on, snap more than the usual holiday pictures while you’re here. Above you see a pig-tailed macau monkey, used as a coconut … read the full post

Oct 23 2012

Review: Shades of Retro, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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In Bangkok, furniture and tat stores seem to go hand in hand with cool drinking venues. The city is full of them, and Shades of Retro is one of the coolest. While the location is always advertised as being on Thong Lo Soi 18, those in the know will know it’s actually a little further … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Review: Royal India Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Royal India's specialty sweets on display outside.

Some of Bangkok’s best food is found in nondescript hole-in-the-wall restaurants and markets hiding behind high-rises. Tucked down a dark alley near Sri Guru Singh Sabah Sikh temple in Pahurat, tiny Royal India Restaurant is yet another diamond in the rough that takes a little effort to find but rewards those who appreciate real Indian … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Review: The Lighthouse, Ao Chalong

Published by under Food

The Lighthouse restaurant

Update: The Lighthouse has closed The Lighthouse restaurant on the waterfront of Ao Chalong has long been a Phuket sailor hangout. But for anyone simply looking for a solid meal with a sea view it’s a fine place to linger. Found along the narrow seafront road that leads south from Chalong Pier, The Lighthouse is … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

Review: Yogarden, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Peaceful purple

A funky new yoga studio-cum-cafe has opened down a quiet back street of Ko Samui’s cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village. The village is known for its east-meets-the-Med appeal, where trendy coffee shops bump shoulders with upmarket boutiques, and bars and restaurants trade from old Chinese shophouses. The effect is eclectic and charming, making a perfect location for … read the full post

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