Dec 30 2013

Swimming pools in Phuket

Angsana Laguna's pool is one of the biggest we've seen.

Sure, the best place to cool down in Phuket is in the Andaman Sea surrounding the island, but those looking to take a dip in a swimming pool have plenty of options, too. Many resorts around Phuket will let outside guests use their pool for a fee, or even for free if they dine there, … read the full post

Dec 23 2013

New Year’s Eve in Phuket 2014

Published by under Festivals

Fireworks galore on NY Eve. These were seen in Ao Chalong.

New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Phuket and it can be celebrated both on the cheap and in lavish style. With fireworks going off most everywhere across the island, those on a tight budget may simply pick up their drinks and snacks from the local mom and pop shop and head down to the … read the full post

Dec 19 2013

Christmas on Ko Pha Ngan 2013

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

There’s nothing like a white(sand) Christmas rung in with pina coladas instead of Bailey’s and coffee, palm trees in lieu of the traditional pine, and sand castles instead of a snowman. But… there’s something irreplaceable about a Christmas dinner. If you’re planning on winding up on Ko Pha Ngan this 2013 holiday season, we’ve rounded … read the full post

Dec 19 2013

Christmas in Phuket 2013

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Phuket's gone polar! Central Festival mall goes all out for Christmas.

Okay, so Phuket is hot and tropical and certainly has no chimneys for Santa to shimmy down for gift delivery. But as a Thai island with an international outlook festive cheer infuses the humid air through Christmas and the New Year. Several resorts and restaurants across the island will be cooking up big spreads for Christmas Eve … read the full post

Dec 16 2013

Ming Lee Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

The roasted pork is to die for.

Touristy areas tend to send “foodies” scrambling down some “secret” alley in search of the nearest “authentic” restaurant. Situated directly across from the Grand Palace, however, century-old Ming Lee Restaurant‘s front-and-centre location has allowed it to slip under the noses of many Bangkok food “experts”. A local told us to try out Ming Lee’s Chinese-Thai … read the full post

Dec 15 2013

Phuket’s best family beaches

Lots of space to throw a frisbee at Kata's north end.

As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has several sandy beaches that kids bearing buckets and spades will love to visit, but some are better than others. Our ideal family beach has shallow waters and shade, child-friendly activities and easy access to food and drink. With these considerations in mind, here are our top picks for the … read the full post

Dec 10 2013

How long should you spend on Ko Pha Ngan?

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

We reckon the answer to that question is: a while.

It’s not uncommon on Ko Pha Ngan to meet someone who intended to come to the island for a few days and ended up staying months, if not years. The island seems to have a hold on people that goes beyond the Full Moon Party and the white sand beaches. Still, there are plenty who … read the full post

Dec 02 2013

More Phuket secret beaches

Even the dogs are lazy at Laemka beach.

Lining the coastlines of Phuket are more than 30 beaches, so it’s easy to find a peaceful stretch of sand if you travel beyond the island’s popular west-coast beaches. We’ve already highlighted some of Phuket’s secret beaches, but we have more to reveal. So get your beach towel ready and read on … One of … read the full post

Nov 24 2013

Basic shopping on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Shop til you drop.

Thankfully Ko Tao is hardly a shopping metropolis but if you’re looking for clothes, jewellery, diving equipment or groceries, we’ve got you covered — it’s always a good idea to know the best spots to buy your bananas. Or cheapest wine! Clothes and jewellery In Sairee, check out Alila and Zunami, located opposite Choppers. Alila … read the full post

Nov 23 2013

When is the best time of year to visit Ko Pha Ngan?

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Hot Season Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan is a stunning tropical Thai island that has fantastic year-long offerings for travellers. The balmy weather is present all year round, sometimes leading to the impression that there are no seasons here. Au contraire. There are many seasons on Ko Pha Ngan. Weather-wise, there’s rainy, cold and hot season. Tourism-wise, there’s low, … read the full post

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