Jul 06 2012

Photo essay: Circumnavigating Ko Samui by boat

Published by under Sights & activities

Snorklelling off Ko Tan, the longtail boat way.

Viewing Ko Samui from the sea offers quite a different perspective from traipsing around the island on foot. We recently did a trip around the island, in a clockwise direction, starting from Fisherman’s Village, where old Chinese shophouses are neighbour to modern apartments, and boutique hotels are interspersed with beach bars. Travelling east, we passed … read the full post

Jul 05 2012

Review: Wong’s Place, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Wong’s Place is a legendary dive bar in Bangkok. Popular with locals and expats alike, it’s rarely a spot you’ll find tourists – most likely because they just haven’t heard of it. If you’ve ever partied late in Bangkok, you’ve probably been surprised that most clubs and bars wrap up at 02:30 due to strict … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

A drive from Khao Yai to Wang Nam Kiew

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Congratulations Wang Nam Kiew, you're officially on the foreign tourist radar.

When seeking mountains in Thailand, most automatically head for distant northern destinations like Chiang Rai and Pai, but many are unaware of just how stunning the Khao Yai mountains northeast of Bangkok actually are. Not limited within the borders of Khao Yai national park alone, this vast region boasts some jaw-dropping scenery, which we enjoyed on … read the full post

Jul 03 2012

How Thai restaurants in touristy areas get it wrong

Published by under Food

I'm not asking for this, but at least a curry with some kick.

When it comes to Thai food, I like the real deal. Give me fiery som tam buu pla raa, nam prik bla tuu (pounded chilli paste with mackerel), or gaeng som (hot and pungent yellow curry). Particularly in touristy areas of Thailand, however, I find myself frustrated by Thai restaurants that flat out won’t believe … read the full post

Jun 28 2012

Review: Bourbon Street Bangkok

Published by under Food

Authentic Cajun-Creole food -- Bangkok delivers once again.

If you think about it, Bangkok and New Orleans have quite a few things in common. Both are hot, flat cities prone to serious flooding. Both are set along major rivers that feed into major gulfs, each of which are teeming with shrimp. Both are cultural centres and premier nightlife destinations. And, most importantly, both … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

An authentic street food market near Khao San Road

Published by under Food

Makes for a healthy breakfast.

Whether it’s pizza by the slice, buckets, tattoos, fake degrees, or enough Chang Beer tank-tops to clothe a binge of backpackers, many things may be purchased on Khao San Road. Real, spicy, authentic Thai food, however, can be tough to find. If you’re tired of the over-priced, Westernised Thai food so often found on and … read the full post

Jun 25 2012

Crafting a classic Thai sweet at Baan Luk Chup

Published by under Food

From both a visual and figurative standpoint, Thailand could very well boast the world’s most colourful cuisine. There are the deep greens, reds and yellows of endless curries, the bursting brightness of spicy salads, and the multi-hued sauces that accompany any good seafood meal. Nothing, however, outshines the bouquets of adorable mini treats known as … read the full post

Jun 23 2012

The British Consulate, Chiang Mai

Published by under Practicalities

Since we couldn't photograph the British Consulate.......

We did previously do a general outline of consulates in Chiang Mai but since it was dear old Liz’s jubilee recently (you can’t have missed that — it even brought tears to the eyes of some of our French mates!) and of  course with the London Olympics raring to go very soon (you’re going to … read the full post

Jun 22 2012

Photo essay: Life in the Andaman Sea islands

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

A Moken woman digs for shells on Ko Chang Noi.

With the monsoon now in full swing in Thailand’s Andaman Sea islands, few tourists are found and bungalows are boarded up. Yet, despite the rain, locals navigate longtail boats through the waves to put fish on their tables, endure the dampness to tap rubber trees, coerce water buffalo to plough fields, take the time to … read the full post

Jun 21 2012

Durian: King of Thai fruits

Published by under Food

See why helmets are advisable when walking under durian trees?

Picture a village inhabited by all the different types of Thai fruit. A group of exuberant young grapes and rambutans goof off as pretty lychees and strawberries giggle. A cheerful rose apple works in the garden as well-dressed pineapples gossip with ripe papayas about the carefree oranges, mangoes and coconuts mixing it up on the … read the full post

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