Mar 06 2012

Visa runs from Samui

Published by under Practicalities

Should you want to extend your Thailand adventure, and need to do a visa run or border bounce from Ko Samui, Malaysia is the most convenient country to get to. To clarify, a visa run entails going to a Thai embassy or consulate to get a new visa; a border bounce is for those who … read the full post

Mar 03 2012

Pha Ngan Challenge Race March 2012

Published by under Festivals

Ko Samui sailors wait in anticipation each year for the annual international regatta held towards the end of May. This is usually the only organised event for sailing enthusiasts, both participants and spectators alike, where sailing vessels from around Asia, including Hong Kong, Phuket and Malaysia, race against local sailors in Samui’s ideal waters. As … read the full post

Feb 29 2012

Ko Kho Khao: This is what it’s all about

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

As a roving travel writer focusing on the Thai islands, everyone says I have a dream job. And, well, they’re right. I get paid to spend my days in places that most people can only daydream about from their offices. My last work trip took me to Ko Lipe, Ko Kradan, and Ko Tarutao (to … read the full post

Feb 25 2012

Photo essay: Majestic Ko Tarutao

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Thailand’s largest protected island, majestic Ko Tarutao of the Andaman Sea, spans some 150 square kilometres and has long been feared as a wild place where dangerous animals, treacherous ghosts, uncompromising pirates and escaped prisoners roam the thick and mountainous jungle. It’s no surprise, then, that the Malay word “tarutao” is translated as ancient, mystical … read the full post

Feb 24 2012

Bangkok food for your soul

Published by under Food

It’s with a heavy heart that I admit I’m leaving Bangkok; life is pulling in other directions. People wonder why I love living here — it’s hot, chaotic, sometimes heart-breakingly cruel, but I’ve never been happier, or better fed. For me, being well fed apparently makes anything bearable. I respect a culture that in the … read the full post

Feb 22 2012

Getting around on Samui: scooters, cars and walking

Published by under Transport

Following on from part 1 of getting around on Samui, which covered songthaews, motorbike taxis and taxis, in this post we look at renting your own scooter or motorbike, renting a car, and that old chestnut, walking. Scooters Automatic scooters are available for rent all over the island. Expect to pay from 120 to 250 … read the full post

Feb 17 2012

Getting around on Samui: songthaews, motorbike taxis and taxis

Published by under Transport

Getting around on Ko Samui is easy, with several options available. Being an island, it is hard to get seriously lost. Keep in mind that there is a main Ring Road, known as the 4169, which as about 45km long, with two prominent linking loop roads: one in the north east (4171), joining Bang Rak, … read the full post

Feb 16 2012

Bangkok street food adventures: Rangnam Road, Part 1

Published by under Food

Food, glorious food! Bangkok’s Rangnam neighbourhood is tucked between Phaholyothin and Ratchaprarop roads, close to the Victory Monument traffic circle (a major connection point for Bangkok‘s buses and public van services, as well as the BTS). It’s a neighbourhood that holds several hospitals, colleges and a lot of businesses, which mean only one thing to us: … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

Day trip: Ko Lipe to Ko Adang

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

The lush tropical mountains of southwest Thailand’s Ko Adang rise from the Andaman Sea in dramatic fashion, looming over tiny Ko Lipe like a protective elder watches over a child. While Lipe has become highly developed in recent years, Ko Adang has remained a pristine natural haven, officially protected as part of the Tarutao National … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

A detox day in Bangkok

Published by under Food,Health & safety

Bangkok is for gluttons. There are practically as many food stalls as people. And with the reliable public transportation and cheap motorbikes, you can keep your heart beating at a leisurely low rate. If you need a day to get yourself back on a healthy track, here are some suggestions. 06:00: Though Bangkok may feel … read the full post

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