Feb 10 2012

Samui’s water buffalo: Gentle giants or battering beasts?

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ควาย or khwai is the Thai word for water buffalo. The water buffalo plays a big part in Thai culture and daily life, and they are a common sight here on Ko Samui. See an open patch of land with grass, and you are sure to find a buffalo tethered to a coconut tree, quietly … read the full post

Feb 10 2012

Photo essay: Chiang Mai

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Sometimes we end up with a fetching photo or two of Chiang Mai that doesn’t quite make it into a post here but we still think might be appealing for readers to see… So I’ve decided to pile them all in here along with a few tasters of what’s upcoming, and a reminder that any … read the full post

Feb 08 2012

Ang Yee’s House: Satun’s little gem

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Despite being a gateway to picturesque Thale Ban National Park, Ko Lipe, and Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, the sleepy town of Satun in Thailand’s far southwest remains quite off the mass tourism radar. The town itself is surrounded by scenic limestone cliffs and mountains, has a good local night market, and is home to a unique … read the full post

Feb 07 2012

Bangkok hospital recommendations

Published by under Health & safety

It’s not what you normally want to think about on holiday, but sometimes you just need to see the doctor. Dengue fever, infected wounds, and motorcycle muffler burns seem to be unintended souvenirs for some in the kingdom. Luckily, Bangkok is an oasis of world-class medical care. Expatriates in the region normally choose Bangkok, Hong … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

Photo: Chinese New Year, Bangkok

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This photo is actually from a few years ago during Chinese New Year celebrations along Yaowarat Road in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The scene was an absolute heaving melee of people, all wearing red and having fun to a background of throbbing drums and clanging cymbals. The woman below was enjoying a final pause … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

Ko Samui airport: Southeast Asia’s cutest?

Published by under Transport

Most residents of Ko Samui have a love-hate relationship with Samui airport, located in Bang Rak, in the island’s northeast. The airport has to be one of the most beautiful in the world: cute, tropical and welcoming. Tastefully built and furnished in true island style without being tacky, the airport is for the most part … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

What to do on a lazy Bangkok weekend

Oh, glorious weekends. They can never come soon enough, but when they do, we can be paralysed by the choices of things to do in Bangkok; lying prone in your hotel room, watching Thai soaps with the AC on full blast, is always a tempting option. But you’re in the city of angels, damn it!  … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Chiang Mai’s “Chinatown”

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“Forget it, Jake — it’s Chinatown!” is a classic line from a classic movie, but a Chinatown in LA, London or Sydney is going to stand out far more than a Chinatown in Bangkok or Chiang Mai will ever do. Chiang Mai’s so-called Chinatown is the Worarot market and commercial district though apart from a … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

Vegetarian Thai Food Guide

Published by under Book reviews,Food

Thailand is something of a meat-laden obstacle course for vegetarians and vegans — vegetable dishes are flavoured with meat, vats of pork broth bring meaty savouriness to otherwise vegetarian noodles, and everything is salted with a lashing of fish sauce. You’ve got to know your enemy to defeat it. Here in the kingdom “vegetarian eating” … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Getting from Suvarnabhumi airport into Bangkok: Part II

Published by under Transport

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport might be a sprawling mess, but you’ll have to navigate it at some point in your travels — here’s the second part of our guide on how to travel into Bangkok once you’ve cleared immigration. Check out part I for info on trains and cabs into the city. Bus and public … read the full post

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