Jun 11 2012

Swimming pools on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Some of the best-value resorts on Ko Samui are great in most departments, but lacking a swimming pool. Should they be located on a beach, this may not be a problem, but sometimes a splash in a pool, decked with sun loungers and an attentive barman on call, is just what the day needs. Don’t … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Splurging on Bangkok sushi: Part 2

Published by under Food

In Bangkok, a city filled with Japanese expats and close enough to the fish markets of Tokyo to make importing fresh tuna an absurd possibility, sushi restaurants abound. But choosing which sushi restaurant to frequent should never be done haphazardly; you must take as much care in selecting your sushi restaurant as a sushi chef … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Review: Roti Mataba on Phra Athit Road

Published by under Food

Street carts selling fried roti (an unleavened bread that originated in India and is popular across South and Southeast Asia) are not hard to find in Thailand. The sweet version, often stuffed with bananas and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, has become one of the more popular Khao San Road street snacks, and I’ve yet … read the full post

Jun 06 2012

Dao Siam Cosmetics on Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

When you enter the new showroom for Dao Siam Cosmetics in Ko Samui‘s Choeng Mon you’ll suffer in the best way possible: from olfactory overload, as scents of predominantly citronella with undertones of white orchid and Thai herbs waft through the air. Aromdee Asia has been supplying hotels and spas in Thailand for several years, … read the full post

Jun 04 2012

Review: Blue Elephant Bangkok

Published by under Food

In one of the world’s best food cities, Blue Elephant Bangkok is among the finest dining experiences around. Top notch restaurants from across the international playing field are plentiful in Bangkok, but if looking for a classy spot with outstanding service and a refined atmosphere that stays true to traditional Thai cuisine and culture, you’ll … read the full post

Jun 02 2012

Cliff jumping on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Arguably Thailand’s perfect all-round island, Ko Tao is best known for its outstanding diving and idyllic beaches and bays. On a recent visit we did both some scuba and beach lounging, but an unexpected highlight proved to be cliff jumping into a gorgeous emerald cove near Laem Thian point on the island’s east coast. After … read the full post

Jun 01 2012

The road from Pai

Published by under Mae Hong Son

We were going to call this “The road to Pai” but in reality Chiang Mai to Pai is just too far to do comfortably on a small motorbike. We reckon it’s easier, more practical and above all safer to just take the bus up to the Mae Hong Son township, hire a bike there then … read the full post

May 30 2012

Shopping at Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village

Published by under Shopping

Thailand’s known for its cheap clothes shopping, brand-name knock-offs and haggling to get already low-priced items at a steal. This, however, usually means sweating it out in an overcrowded market; anyone who has been to Bangkok’s Pratunam Market will know that the usually fun-filled day of shopping can turn into torture as temperatures soar in … read the full post

May 27 2012

Review: Baan Somtum

Published by under Food

We’ve been on a northeastern Thai (Isaan) spicy salad kick of late and sampled endless cheap som tam stands scattered around Bangkok. Baan Somtum on Soi Si Wiang in Sathorn produces 22 varieties of som tam along with a host of other Isaan soups and salads in a modern, enclosed restaurant atmosphere. You pay a … read the full post

May 25 2012

Baan Nam Kem tsunami memorial

Published by under Phang Nga

A handful of youngsters kick a soccer ball along the beach. Early evening smoke rises from a grilled fish vendor’s cart. A soft orange glow blankets the sky as gentle waves lap upon the shore. Life has returned to normal in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Baan Nam Kem, but memories of the day in … read the full post

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