Nov 06 2013

Thailand reinstates 30-day overland visa-free entries for select nationalities

Published by under Visas

Stamp me baby!

Thanks to Travelfish member altmtl for the heads up on this and Thai Visa has the verified scoop on the latest change in Thailand’s seemingly ever changing tourist visa regulations — at least this time it is good news! As of November 1, 2013 travellers holding UK, US, Japanese, German, French, Canadian and Italian passports … read the full post

Nov 05 2013

Viewpoints in Phuket

Another look at Chalong Bay from Khao Khad hill.

Phuket is a hilly island with several spots offering panoramic views over beaches and out across the Andaman Sea. More adventurous travellers may try to hike and hack their way up to the top of Phuket’s hills through the jungle, but several lookout points can be reached easily by road. Promthep Cape is found at … read the full post

Nov 02 2013

Best spots for a picnic on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Haad Son's rocky outcrop

Sometimes when you’re travelling, you just want a meal on your own — you want the freedom of choosing your own ingredients, putting it all together and savouring it in the lovely setting of your choice. The key to a good picnic can be finding just the right spot (well, good food and company help too, … read the full post

Oct 31 2013

Best backpacker bars on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

amsterdam bar ko pha ngan

If you’re like many backpackers on Ko Pha Ngan, you came to the island to experience one or more of its parties. But parties from the Full Moon, to Jungle Experience, to Black Moon, don’t get started until around 23:00 — what’s a traveller to do in the transition period between dinner and the party? … read the full post

Oct 29 2013

Loy Krathong festival not cancelled in Thailand

Published by under Festivals

There's no stopping krathongs.

The Bangkok Post caused quite a stir on October 28 when it reported that the popular Loy Krathong festival would be “delayed” due to the passing of Thailand’s 100-year-old Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, last Thursday. The report apparently stemmed from a Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) statement, though our October 29 inquiry … read the full post

Oct 23 2013

Off-beach bargains in Ko Samui’s north

Published by under Accommodation

sam1

Although staying on the beach is great, sometimes giving up a waterfront view in Ko Samui means you can get a bit more space and extra facilities at lower prices. With so many bars and restaurants on the beach, should you stay in an off-beach option you can still wiggle your toes in the sand … read the full post

Oct 09 2013

Parks and other green spaces in Bangkok: Part II

Just another perfect Benjakiti day.

We’ve spotlighted the city’s smaller slices of green; now it’s onto the big boys. All of these parks offer long strolls on wide expanses of grass, several boast extensive activities and some have a few unexpected attractions. These are the spots where millions of city-dwellers and travellers go for recreation and respite from the concrete chaos. … read the full post

Oct 07 2013

Staying safe in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Some boats are safer than others.

Is Phuket safe? That’s a question many ask when considering travel to Thailand’s largest island thanks to the occasional incident hitting international headlines. As a Phuket resident of more than a decade I’ve rarely felt unsafe and most travellers to Phuket come and go without any problems, but unfortunately a percentage of those visiting the … read the full post

Oct 04 2013

Where to watch the best sunsets on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Songserm Pier Ko Pha Ngan

There’s nothing like watching the perfect sunset at the end of a perfect beach day. On Ko Pha Ngan, there are all kinds of spots to watch that fiery golden ball sink into the waters, but we do have our favourites. Here are our picks for Ko Pha Ngan’s best sunset spots. Amsterdam Bar, Ao … read the full post

Oct 04 2013

Lotus-throwing Festival (Rab Bua) in Bang Phli

Published by under Festivals

Wishes that didn't quite make it.

What do you get when you place a sacred Buddha image on a boat, add a million lotus flowers, lots of food, a little alcohol, endless other colourful boats and thousands of onlookers who frantically throw flowers from the side of a canal? It’s the Lotus Throwing Festival, or Rab Bua, held annually on Awk … read the full post

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