Jul 31 2012

Bangkok’s VW bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Cheap and cheerful

VW bars are converted vans with staff operating the cocktail shakers from inside the Volkswagen. Decorated with neon fairy lights, disco balls and impressive sound systems blaring out the latest pop hits, they’re a noticeable addition to Bangkok party street Sukhumvit 11. Bangkok is a city where you can just as easily find high-end drinking … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Ajahn Mun shrine at Wat Pa Suthawat, Sakon Nakhon

Published by under Northeast Thailand

A Forest Tradition monk removes wax from candlesoffered by visitors at Wat Pa Suthawat.

One of the founding fathers of the Thai Forest Buddhist Tradition, Ajahn Mun Bhuridato (1870-1949) revitalised Buddhism in Thailand by living in a way that reflected the historical Buddha’s lifestyle as closely as possible, and many believe enlightenment to have been his reward. Throughout his years, Ajahn Mun wandered in untouched jungles while devoting himself … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Khao niaow bing and other Thai sticky rice goodies

Published by under Food

Diving into a mouth-watering khanom pat jang.

Walk through just about any authentic food market in Thailand and you’ll notice vendors selling plump portions of something hidden under hearty dark banana or bamboo leaf wrappers. Sometimes (as I once found out unwittingly) these leaves contain grilled fish or fish curry cakes, but more often than not a sweet or savoury sticky rice … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Chaiyaphum’s Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Published by under Northeast Thailand

If Dorothy were here she'd be passed out by now.

The rural Chaiyaphum area in northeast Thailand boasts rolling green hills, cool air, and some of Thailand’s finest natural beauty. Despite this, few foreign tourists make it here due to the region’s remoteness and difficulty of reaching, but if you’ve got your own wheels (or aren’t afraid to spend a little cash to do something … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Samui Football Golf

Published by under Sights & activities

Coconaldo demos how it is done

Located near the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf makes for a great family daytrip, or a good outing for a group of competitive friends, too. Exercise routines are often forgotten when on holiday, so this is a way to get the blood flowing without hitting the treadmill, and makes a pleasant alternative … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Preparing to take your first breaths.

Thailand’s Ko Tao has somewhere in the region of 40 dive centres, so choosing one can feel daunting, particularly if you have never dived before. As with any choice, you need to keep in mind what you are looking for during your experience; don’t waver or compromise, and you should get what you want.  So, … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Getting a Thai visa in Savannakhet, Laos

Published by under Visas

Who said visa runs weren't fun?

Set along an expansive and picturesque stretch of the Mekong River in southern Laos, the ultra laidback border town of Savannakhet is a great place to pick up a Thai visa. The Thai consulate here is far quieter and more relaxed than the embassy in Vientiane, and spending a couple of days lounging riverside while … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

The Khao Yai farm and wine trail

Published by under Northeast Thailand

One of many sunflower patches along the Khao Yai farm and wine trail.

It’s not quite up there with Tuscany, Bordeaux or Napa, but Thailand’s Khao Yai wine region (aka “Asoke Valley”) in the cool air of Muak Lek near Khao Yai national park offers some refined varietals from a handful of vineyards peppered among family farms, country roads, green hills and fields of sunflowers. Most foreign travellers … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Photo essay: Street food at Samui’s walking street markets

Published by under Food

No finger bowl, just like your fingers!

No matter your palate — adventurous or run of the mill, spicy or not — Ko Samui’s walking street markets are sure to please.Each neighbourhood schedules theirs on a different night of the week, usually starting at around 17:00. Mae Nam hosts their walking street on a Thursday night, Fisherman’s Village on Fridays, Nathon and … read the full post

Jul 17 2012

Review: Rom Ngao Indo-Chin Restaurant

Published by under Food

A few ingredients, but a lot of flavour.

After weeks of eating nothing but explosively flavourful and meat-heavy Thai food, the simplicity, freshness and veggie-prominence of Vietnamese cuisine is like a breath of fresh air. If looking for an inexpensive, local-style Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok, Rom Ngao Indo-Chin restaurant just over the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi is an excellent choice. Rom ngao … read the full post

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