Nov 18 2013

Hor mok fish custard, Phuket style

Published by under Food

Tastes better than it looks. Really.

If you’re exploring Phuket island and on the hunt for some local flavours, the local variety of the Thai curried fish mousse, hor mok, offers a cheap and easy taster. Usually served in small portions wrapped in banana leaf, hor mok is the perfect way to inject a little spice to your meal. The Phuket … read the full post

Nov 15 2013

Best day guest pools on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

the coast resort pool

If you’re traveling on a tight budget, pool villas don’t tend to make the cut. But on Ko Pha Ngan, plenty of pools are available for outside guest use, so long as you buy a drink or meal in between dips. After all, sometimes the sun gets too much and the tepid sea water doesn’t … read the full post

Nov 14 2013

On a budget in Mae Haad, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The view is never cheap.

If you’re on a tight budget, Mae Haad is a great place to stay on Ko Tao owing to its central location. All transport arrives and departs from here so you are never stuck for taxis or longtails. You have every amenity you need and a choice or bars and restaurants too. There’s beach and … read the full post

Nov 12 2013

Extending your visa in Phuket

Published by under Phuket

Discount airlines make the dreaded visa run a bit more budget-friendly.

Staying in Phuket and not ready to go home yet? If your Thai transit or tourist visa is approaching its expiry date, there are a number of ways you can extend or renew it on and around the island. Phuket has two immigration offices where you can apply for a visa extension. The main immigration … read the full post

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 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 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

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