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

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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

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

Sep 23 2013

Mon food at Ko Kret market, Nonthaburi

Published by under Food

Over the centuries, many Mon people have assimilated into Thai society, but isolated pockets of traditional Mon language, art and food persist. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Ko Kret, a four square-kilometre island that sits within the Chao Phraya river just north of Bangkok. In this refreshing enclave of countryside, fabulous Mon food can be … read the full post

Sep 15 2013

No trains to Chiang Mai from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, 2013

Published by under Transport

The trains could use an upgrade too.

Following 13 train derailments so far this year, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is closing some 250 kilometres of track in northern Thailand to perform necessary upgrades. Though this a wise (and overdue) decision, it means that anyone trying to reach Chiang Mai by rail will actually do so partly by an SRT-provided bus … read the full post

Sep 12 2013

Staying fit on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

No air-con required, just a gentle breeze.

Being on holiday on Ko Samui doesn’t mean you have to give up on your exercise routine; you may even find inspiration to start one. Here are some suggestions on how to stay fit — or perhaps get fit — while travelling on the island. Incorporating a traditional Thai sport into your holiday here makes … read the full post

Sep 09 2013

Sunsets — and the weather — in Bangkok

Published by under Weather

Again looking southwest towards the 'burbs -- sun showers.

Sundown in Bangkok is a frenzied time. Taxis and buses struggle through clogged streets; the sky train and subway are overrun. Food vendors come out in force as the sun sinks over the Chao Phraya River, out of sight for most. These shots capture just some of the many different moods that Bangkok assumes as … read the full post

Sep 03 2013

Deck chairs on Samui’s beaches

Published by under Ko Samui

taling ngam beach outside elements resort & spa

One of the great things about Ko Samui is that deck chairs and sun-loungers are free to use at most resorts and beachfront restaurants — with the understanding you’ll buy drinks and perhaps snacks from the provider — making beach chilling sessions cheap and easy. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to read your book … read the full post

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