May 07 2012

Phang Nga’s Manora Waterfall

Published by under Phang Nga

Where I come from, waterfalls are generally not marked with their own sign along the road unless they’re something truly impressive. In Thailand, however, every little trickling stream seems to be advertised as this or that “waterfall”, and more than once I’ve hiked several kilometres only to find something less impressive than a fountain you … read the full post

May 02 2012

Review: Paradise Park Farm

Published by under For kids

Paradise Park Farm on Ko Samui offers a relatively cool mountain retreat, where kids can enjoy petting a variety of animals while adults savour the spectacular views. The farm is located more than 600 metres above Lipa Noi atop Samui’s Khao Pom; the drive up can be a little hairy, so make use of their … read the full post

May 01 2012

Chinatown’s Red Shirts (R & L Seafood)

Published by under Food

On one side of Soi Texas (formally known as Soi Phadung Dao), a scraggly soi in the middle of Chinatown, sits the Red Shirts, and on the other, the Green Shirts. The Red Shirts are probably not the ones you are thinking of; the long-standing fracas between the Red and Green Shirts has little to … read the full post

Apr 29 2012

Ko Samui for vegetarians

Published by under Food

Travelling vegetarians can sometimes find sourcing decent food a challenge; in Thailand, however, many Thai dishes can easily be made as a veggie option. For Thailand generally, the Vegetarian Thai Food Guide can come in handy. If you’re a vegetarian travelling to Ko Samui, SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts) offers cooking classes, and … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

Chiang Mai’s chic Nimmanhemin

Published by under Sights & activities

Nimmanhemin — or Nimmanheminda — Road and its surrounding sois form Chiang Mai’s rapidly growing chic quarter of town, and indeed the whole area itself is now known as Nimmanhemin or commonly Nimman. Located on the west side of the city in Suthep district near the foot of the mountain, it was until some 20 … read the full post

Apr 25 2012

Fabulous buffets in Bangkok

Published by under Food

If you followed our street food adventure series, you’ll know that the best way to experience Thai food is by getting down-and-dirty on the congested Bangkok streets. As a general rule, the cheaper the food, the better the taste; the more limited the menu, the fresher the food. But then there is the other extreme: … read the full post

Apr 25 2012

Thailand’s Ko Phra Thong

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Ko Phra Thong's easterly seaside village is among the most picturesque we've seen.

Straddling Thailand‘s west coast near the town of Khuraburi, the relatively large but little known island of Ko Phra Thong – or Golden Buddha Island — is wide, flat and desolate. It’s no wonder people gave up searching for a solid gold Buddha image that was supposedly buried here centuries ago. At first glance there … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Coco Splash water park on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

UPDATE: Coco Splash will be closed from 14 May for one month, in order to construct two new water slides in the park. Anyone travelling with young children will know that kids are not content to lie under a coconut palm reading a book, or have endless massages, tour temples or even for that matter … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

A good Chiang Mai swimming pool

Published by under Sights & activities

The large monolithic red brick Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel next to Central Huay Kaew shopping mall might not look desperately exciting from the outside, but it’s a good spot to waste away a few hours on a hot Chiang Mai afternoon if you’ve no pool in your own Chiang Mai hotel. The hotel itself is … read the full post

Apr 14 2012

Ko Phi Phi beach getaways

Sunset at Long Beach.

So you’re on Ko Phi Phi and have negotiated the back alleys and rabbit warren of Ton Sai Bay to find the cheapest habitable digs you can find. Yes, 1,000 baht doesn’t go far on this glistening little island. The bags are thrown in the corner and it’s time to wash the ferry grunge off. … read the full post

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