Apr 05 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: Finishing Thailand

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

Our days cycling from Bangkok to Singapore developed into a routine. Awaken early (which proved to be easy, as most evenings we were in bed and unconscious by 22:00) and take ibuprofen. This trip has taught me what it will be like for me when I am very old and the simple act of getting … read the full post

Apr 05 2012

Ko Chang noi: Thailand’s most laidback island?

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

As far as countries go, Thailand is known to be an especially laidback one, and some of the Thai language’s most frequently used phrases express this. There’s sabai sabai, which most phrasebooks translate simply as “relax”, but to me it’s more like “chill chill” or better yet, “just kick back and relax because everything is … read the full post

Apr 02 2012

Bangkok to Singapore by bike: Packing

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

Packing for a 2000 kilometre cycle journey is an interesting proposition, especially if you’ve never done a long distance cycle tour before. I had no idea what would be necessary, really, so it was all educated guesses and asking advice that helped us create our packing list. And by packing list, I mean stuff we … read the full post

Mar 31 2012

Making the most of Ko Samui’s coconuts

Published by under Food

The coconut tree and its products play a big part of tropical island life and just the image of a coconut palm conjures up thoughts of tropical holidays and palm-fringed beaches. Until recently, coconut production was Ko Samui’s main industry, and is now second only to tourism. Every month, Samui supplies Bangkok with more than … read the full post

Mar 30 2012

Bangkok to Singapore by bicycle: A quarter of the way done

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Continued from part one… The third day was when this trip from Bangkok to Singapore by bike became awesome. Aching and moaning, we set off south (after a pre-departure flat tire) and immediately (thanks to the magic of Google maps and mobile internet) got off the main highway and onto some secondary roads. Karst mountains … read the full post

Mar 30 2012

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Published by under Chiang Rai

A fraction of the size of Chiang Mai’s more famous night bazaar, the mini version in downtown Chiang Rai is still a pleasant place for an evening stroll and an excellent option for snacks and a beer or dinner. The offerings are similar, though much reduced in choice, to the Chiang Mai version: hill-tribe handicrafts, … read the full post

Mar 26 2012

Which is better, Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay or Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay?

Published by under Phang Nga

If limestone karst-filled bays were boxers, north Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay would be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. As Vietnam’s top travel destination and a UNESCO world heritage site, Ha Long has a reputation that precedes itself. Southwest Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, on the other hand, would be a popular but far lesser … read the full post

Mar 25 2012

Bangkok to Singapore by bicycle: The first 222 kilometres

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

And we’re off! Gaby and I took this first of many, many pedal strokes on Monday morning, bright and early. Ok, actually, not as bright and early as we should have, but we did make it out of the house by 8:30 and felt like that was a win. We cycled south across the bridge … read the full post

Mar 22 2012

Watching muay Thai on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing is Thailand’s national sport and passionately supported by locals, who gather around TVs to cheer their favourites on. The stadiums are also well supported, and Ko Samui is no different; tourists are welcomed to watch fights at the commercial stadiums in Chaweng and Lamai. The Rocky theme tune is one … read the full post

Mar 22 2012

Thai Premier League: What’s the deal in the North?

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The Thai Premier League football season kicked off last weekend with the usual suspects installed as hot pre-season favourites: Buriram Utd (last season’s winners as Buriram PEA), Chonburi FC and Nonthaburi’s Muang Thong Utd and with no less than two North Thai teams in the line-up as well: Chiang Rai Utd and TTM Chiang Mai. … read the full post

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