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

Published by under Sights & activities

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)

Published by under Shopping

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

Bangkok live music holiday season 2011

Published by under Events

December and January are shaping up to be awesome months for booty-shaking times in Bangkok. Flood water receding, beer gardens opening, and some quality, kick-assity is coming to town in the form of great live music. Is Bangkok finally earning itself a place on the global music sojourn? It better be; your correspondent is getting … 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?

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

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

Dec 09 2011

December getaway: From Chiang Mai to Soppong

Published by under Mae Hong Son

We recommended Mae Hong Son province’s picturesque Mae Sariang town in an earlier post as a favourite northern Thai getaway but another great spot, in the same province, we reckon is also well worth a few days if you want somewhere quiet over the peak Christmas period is the small settlement of Soppong. Lying roughly … read the full post

Dec 08 2011

December getaways: From Bangkok to Ko Chang

Published by under East coast islands

Ko Chang lays to the southeast of Bangkok an easy five hours by bus. Lazy beaches belt this (very) mountainous island in the Gulf of Thailand, while inland waterfalls, craggy headlands and pleasant hiking await the city weary. Christmas in Bangkok might be exciting, but sundowners with your toes in the sand and some crabs … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Animal activities for kids on Samui

Published by under For kids

Although Ko Samui does not have much to offer in the way of true ‘wildlife’ experiences, a few activities will keep animal-loving kids entertained. Samui doesn’t have any wildlife sanctuaries or national parks — somewhere like Laos would be the place to really get back to nature, where you can visit gibbons in their natural … read the full post

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