Aug 08 2012

Muang Tam Temple, Buriram

Published by under Buriram

Krishna?

The Angkor-period temple of Muang Tam in Buriram province is closely associated with neighbouring Phanom Rung. Prasart Muang Tam lies four or five kilometres as the crow flies on the plain beneath the extinct volcano on which Phanom Rung is sited. And while the latter was certainly the most prestigious religious site and pilgrimage destination … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Cheap Charlie’s, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A bar for lovers

It’s late. You’ve been pounding the streets of Bangkok all day and you need a drink or six. You turn out your pockets and find a measly 500 baht. Never fear; this is Bangkok. Cheap drinks can be had. If you’re looking for a little more atmosphere than chugging bottles of Chang outside 7-eleven will … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Exploring the Chanthaburi coast

Published by under East coast islands

These kids don't seem spooked, but I am.

Chanthaburi province’s gulf coast in eastern Thailand lacks the fine white sands and cerulean blue waters of nearby Ko Samet and the Ko Chang archipelago. Yet its empty beaches stretching into the horizon, hidden inlets and peninsulas, charming fishing villages and handful of attractions all make a trip along the Chanthaburi coastline a worthy adventure … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Phanom Rung Temple, Buriram

Published by under Buriram

The inner courtyard

One of the most famous Angkor period temples in Thailand, Phanom Rung lies atop an extinct volcano some 50 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital in Buriram‘s Nang Rong district. It was never completely overgrown and ruined as with many Khmer temples and it was never a battlefield either, so consequently it remained in relatively … read the full post

Aug 05 2012

Namtok Chet Sao Noi, Thailand

Published by under Northeast Thailand

See what I mean?

I’ve seen more than a few of Thailand’s waterfalls. Some are disappointing, others live up to expectations, and still others surprise, but it will take something very special to upstage Chet Sao Noi waterfall north of the town of Muak Lek in the Khao Yai region as my favourite. It’s not Thailand’s tallest, widest, or … read the full post

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

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