Dec 16 2013

Ming Lee Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

The roasted pork is to die for.

Touristy areas tend to send “foodies” scrambling down some “secret” alley in search of the nearest “authentic” restaurant. Situated directly across from the Grand Palace, however, century-old Ming Lee Restaurant‘s front-and-centre location has allowed it to slip under the noses of many Bangkok food “experts”. A local told us to try out Ming Lee’s Chinese-Thai … read the full post

Dec 15 2013

Phuket’s best family beaches

Lots of space to throw a frisbee at Kata's north end.

As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has several sandy beaches that kids bearing buckets and spades will love to visit, but some are better than others. Our ideal family beach has shallow waters and shade, child-friendly activities and easy access to food and drink. With these considerations in mind, here are our top picks for the … read the full post

Dec 10 2013

How long should you spend on Ko Pha Ngan?

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

We reckon the answer to that question is: a while.

It’s not uncommon on Ko Pha Ngan to meet someone who intended to come to the island for a few days and ended up staying months, if not years. The island seems to have a hold on people that goes beyond the Full Moon Party and the white sand beaches. Still, there are plenty who … read the full post

Dec 02 2013

More Phuket secret beaches

Even the dogs are lazy at Laemka beach.

Lining the coastlines of Phuket are more than 30 beaches, so it’s easy to find a peaceful stretch of sand if you travel beyond the island’s popular west-coast beaches. We’ve already highlighted some of Phuket’s secret beaches, but we have more to reveal. So get your beach towel ready and read on … One of … read the full post

Nov 24 2013

Basic shopping on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Shop til you drop.

Thankfully Ko Tao is hardly a shopping metropolis but if you’re looking for clothes, jewellery, diving equipment or groceries, we’ve got you covered — it’s always a good idea to know the best spots to buy your bananas. Or cheapest wine! Clothes and jewellery In Sairee, check out Alila and Zunami, located opposite Choppers. Alila … read the full post

Nov 23 2013

When is the best time of year to visit Ko Pha Ngan?

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Hot Season Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan is a stunning tropical Thai island that has fantastic year-long offerings for travellers. The balmy weather is present all year round, sometimes leading to the impression that there are no seasons here. Au contraire. There are many seasons on Ko Pha Ngan. Weather-wise, there’s rainy, cold and hot season. Tourism-wise, there’s low, … read the full post

Nov 18 2013

Hor mok fish custard, Phuket style

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Tastes better than it looks. Really.

If you’re exploring Phuket island and on the hunt for some local flavours, the local variety of the Thai curried fish mousse, hor mok, offers a cheap and easy taster. Usually served in small portions wrapped in banana leaf, hor mok is the perfect way to inject a little spice to your meal. The Phuket … read the full post

Nov 15 2013

Best day guest pools on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

the coast resort pool

If you’re traveling on a tight budget, pool villas don’t tend to make the cut. But on Ko Pha Ngan, plenty of pools are available for outside guest use, so long as you buy a drink or meal in between dips. After all, sometimes the sun gets too much and the tepid sea water doesn’t … read the full post

Nov 14 2013

On a budget in Mae Haad, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The view is never cheap.

If you’re on a tight budget, Mae Haad is a great place to stay on Ko Tao owing to its central location. All transport arrives and departs from here so you are never stuck for taxis or longtails. You have every amenity you need and a choice or bars and restaurants too. There’s beach and … read the full post

Nov 12 2013

Extending your visa in Phuket

Published by under Phuket

Discount airlines make the dreaded visa run a bit more budget-friendly.

Staying in Phuket and not ready to go home yet? If your Thai transit or tourist visa is approaching its expiry date, there are a number of ways you can extend or renew it on and around the island. Phuket has two immigration offices where you can apply for a visa extension. The main immigration … read the full post

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