Apr 07 2012

Thailand’s Ang Thong National Marine Park

Published by under Sights & activities

Ang Thong (Golden Bowl) National Marine Park is located north and west of Ko Samui, and is within sight of Samui on clear days. The park, which includes 42 islands and limestone massifs, was once a hide out for pirates but these days gets patrolled by the Thai navy. The islands of the park are … read the full post

Apr 07 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: On cycling through the far south

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

As Gaby and I were planning this trip we knew that we would have to transit the south of Thailand, which has suffered from an on-again, off-again insurgency for almost a decade. Like most insurgencies, this one doesn’t have much to do with outsiders, and foreigners haven’t been targets specifically because they are foreigners. That … read the full post

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

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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

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

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 29 2012

Wat Arun: The temple of DIY

Wat Pho may be the larger-than-life stunner on the Bangkok temple circuit, but Wat Arun is still a fine lookin’ piece of sacred real estate waiting across the river.  If you are like me and equate the old with the stunning, the decrepit with the intriguing, then Wat Arun is worth a stop on your … 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

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