Jan 15 2014

What’s Bangkok really like during the “shutdown”?

Published by under Practicalities

Tent city at Lumpini.

Over the past 76 days of anti-government protests, Bangkok has endured some tense and sometimes violent moments, and the road closures caused by the so-called Bangkok Shutdown are certainly a nuisance. But what is it really like for travellers who simply want to go sightseeing? We did a little experiment on Tuesday to find out. … read the full post

Jan 14 2014

Where to stay in Bangkok away from the protests?

Published by under Accommodation

Who needs a protest to shutdown the city? Not Bangkok!

Update, 3 March 2014: The “Bangkok Shutdown” is over. All PDRC protesters have moved inside Lumpini Park, leaving virtually all of Bangkok open for business as usual. This article is no longer relevant, but concerned travellers can still ask questions in the comments and receive answers.  With the so-called Bangkok Shutdown now in full swing, many … read the full post

Jan 13 2014

“Bangkok shutdown” or “Bangkok annoyance”?

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Protesters have wreaked further havoc by selling MBK out of pink shirts.

Well, folks, it’s on. The anti-government protesters have begun their latest bid to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra through what they’ve dubbed a “Bangkok Shutdown“. The hype has led many travellers to cancel trips to the Thai capital this week, but in reality, right now at least, the campaign is currently more of an … read the full post

Jan 06 2014

Eating on Ko Pha Ngan for 150 baht per day

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Fruit Stall Ko Pha Ngan

Just because you’re on a budget on Ko Pha Ngan doesn’t mean you need to skimp on food. Here’s a sample menu of how you might get by on the island for under 150 baht per day. Breakfast The trick, of course, is to eat like a local. Jump start your day with a healthy … read the full post

Dec 30 2013

Worried about the situation in Thailand? Here’s how to avoid Bangkok

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Not everyone is happy.

It’s that time of the year and yet again Thailand has failed to disappoint by being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Yes, it’s what you could almost refer to as protest season and some are getting increasingly concerned about the potential for serious disruption in the Thai capital Bangkok in early 2014. … read the full post

Dec 10 2013

How long should you spend on Ko Pha Ngan?

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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

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

Published by under Food

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

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