Oct 09 2012

Review: Boudoir Restaurant, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Welcome to my parlour.

As its name suggests, Boudoir in Ko Samui’s Mae Nam oozes sex appeal and romance, with opulent decor in rich colours, mood lighting and comfortable seating that encourages guests to linger over another bottle of wine. Huge portions of rustic French country dishes are served up at reasonable prices, making this small French restaurant one … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Review: The Nest, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hole yourself up in this comfortable high rise bar

Typically, the purpose of a rooftop bar is to experience the cool breeze of the heady heights of the 66th (or another ridiculously high) floor and enjoy incredible cityscapes. Bangkok’s Nest, the rooftop lounge at Le Fenix Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, doesn’t really offer much fresh breeze, nor views. Okay, so there is definitely … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Almost there!

So you have run the gauntlet of choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao. You have decided whether you want to take the SSI or PADI course. What should you expect while you are studying how to dive? Firstly, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If you have any of the conditions … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Is it cheaper to book hotels and guesthouses in Thailand with Agoda?

Published by under Money & costs

That saved $100 gave us an extra two days on the beach. :)

Over the past couple of weeks I stayed at eight hotels and guesthouses on Phuket in Thailand — at Nai Yang and Surin beaches in the north and Phuket Town to the south. For seven of the eight, I booked at least one night through Agoda with an average night costing 838 baht net. Did … read the full post

Sep 30 2012

Isaan: People and history

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Early temple at site of Wat Phu

Thailand’s Isaan region has been occupied since at least 6,000 years ago, when hunter gatherer tribes first migrated over the Phetchabun ranges from central Thailand, archeological work at such sites as Ban Non Wat in the Mun Valley in Khorat, Nok Nok Tha in Khon Kaen and Udon’s Ban Chiang has shown. Fertile valleys such … read the full post

Sep 27 2012

Review: Le Beach Club, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Blissfully blue.

Le Beach Club, located along the 4169 Ring Road, just before Bang Po enters Nathon, has added a fresh breath to an area of Samui that was looking a little neglected. Several little beach bars have recently popped up along this road, so it’s worth heading this way, particularly at sunset hour. We weren’t quite … read the full post

Sep 23 2012

Geography of I-san or northeastern Thailand

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Pristine jungle in Khao Yai National Park

Covering some 160,000 square kilometres, the northeastern region of Thailand, I-san*, accounts for nearly a third of the kingdom’s surface area and includes 20 provinces with a total population of approximately 22 million. Geographically and still to a large extent culturally, I-san possesses a unique identity distinct from that of Central, Northern and Southern Thailand. … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Souvenir shopping on Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

There are countless uses for pretty containers.

We have all done it. Far in the back of a cupboard lies a box of corny oh-my-word-what-was-I-thinking souvenirs from past holidays. Some things feel so right in the heat of the moment and we end up buying useless junk that is not a true reminder of our adventures away. Here’s a suggested list to … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Photos of Bangkok’s Asiatique

Published by under Shopping

Welcome to Asiatique

We’ve written before on Bangkok‘s riverside Asiatique shopping extravaganza, but on a recent visit to the city we had the opportunity to spend a late afternoon and evening wandering the alleys, sampling the snackies and soaking up the Chao Phraya scenery. All in all, it’s a bit of a gentrified Chatuchak market. The laneways are … read the full post

Sep 20 2012

How to find long-term accommodation on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

This is not my house!

If you look online, the only long-term accommodation options you’ll find on Thailand’s Ko Tao are very high-end villas at very high-end prices. This is not the case once you are here. Here’s our suggested plan of attack for finding somewhere to live once you do arrive. Most people who come here looking to stay … read the full post

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