Dec 27 2011

Ethnic groups of Northern Thailand: the Shan

The Thai name for the Shan people is Thai Yai, meaning great or big Thai. Indeed though possessing distinct cultural traits, a very separate history and inhabiting adjacent rather than overlapping regions, the Shan people are a part of the greater Tai* ethnic family — which also includes Lao, Tai Lu, Black Tai, White Tai … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

The best of Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

In Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village, you’ll find old Chinese shophouses that are well preserved, interspersed with tasteful modern buildings to create a real ‘Mediterranean meets the East’ vibe. With some good accommodation choices, delicious food and a range of shopping on offer, it’s a good little destination in its own right. Here’s a roundup of … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Bangkok: Dinner and a movie

Published by under Art & culture

Movie theatres in Bangkok run the gamut from shining, multiple screen palaces of movie consumption to ageing-yet-still-grand examples of mid-sixties architecture. Dinner and a movie are among the most affordable of Bangkok entertainment, especially with all of the great street food available in the City of Angels. So where to eat and what to see? … read the full post

Dec 20 2011

Faux pas and proper etiquette in Bangkok

Published by under Culture

Bangkok can seem to be a world within itself; but although the British pubs and ice skating rinks may suggest otherwise, the capital city is, indeed, still in Thailand. Hoards of Westerners, known as “farang” in Thai, travel in and out of the city daily, and many have made Bangkok their permanent residence. Farangs are … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

December getaways: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Tis the season to be jolly, or if you are in Thailand, hang out by the beaches, trek alongside elephants, or stand under a waterfall. Thailand, a Buddhist country, may not have a traditional white Christmas, but there are plenty of easy-to-get-to getaways just outside of Bangkok for fun in the sand. If you’re looking … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Temple touring on Ko Samui

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Those in search of a spiritual experience on Ko Samui will not be disappointed, as the island offers many temples and religious sites to explore. Each temple offers a unique experience, but all have a sense of serenity. Here we’ve done the legwork for you, and rounded up the most impressive. Big Buddha (Wat Phra … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

What you can buy in Bangkok (besides souvenirs)

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We now know what you need to consider bringing to Bangkok. But besides the standard Thai souvenirs, what should you buy in Bangkok rather than at home? Here’s a list of items you may have assumed are not readily available on this side of the world and may even save some cash picking up here. … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

Chiang Mai and Mandalay

Published by under Burma

With Burma much in the news of late thanks to the Burmese government at least appearing to be making some tentative steps toward “normalisation”, and tourism there looking set to increase dramatically we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the contrasting twin northern capitals of Burma and Thailand: Chiang … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

December getaways: Ko Bulon Lae

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Thinking of a tropical Thai island getaway for the holidays? Worried about the hordes of peak season tourists and ridiculously inflated prices on the more popular islands? If so, dreamy little Ko Bulon Lae may be the gift you’ve been wishing for. Nestled off Thailand’s far southwest coast near Ko Lipe and Ko Tarutao, Ko … read the full post

Dec 09 2011

Which beach on Ko Lipe?

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For a number of reasons, southwest Thailand’s tiny Ko Lipe attracts increasingly growing numbers of tourists each year. It’s home to some outstanding snorkelling and diving, a relaxed yet lively atmosphere, and some picturesque national park islands are just a short long-tail boat ride away. Lipe’s number one draw, however, is still its renowned white-sand … read the full post

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