Jan 25 2012

Best of Ko Samui’s Bang Rak

Published by under Sights & activities

Bang Rak is located on the northern coast of Ko Samui, with Bophut to its west and Plai Laem to its east. The beach area of Bang Rak is also referred to as Big Buddha beach, because of the huge golden statue at the eastern end of the beach, just before Plai Laem. The beach … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Bangkok versus Chiang Mai

The two cities that are arguably the most popular for travellers in Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, clearly have a lot to offer. How do they compare, in a nutshell? (Yes, we know we’re succumbing to some cliches here, but it’s part of the fun…) The food Chiang Mai: Signature khao soi; Isaan papaya salad, … read the full post

Jan 20 2012

Buying cheap clothes in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Thailand is known for its lush silks and elaborate textiles, but in Bangkok proper, cheap and trendy clothing abounds. As we can see from Bangkok’s haunted mall and airport terminal, shopping is a bit of cultural obsession, one that is highly contagious. You can’t avoid shopping in Bangkok even if you try: opportunities for snapping … read the full post

Jan 19 2012

Boat noodles at Victory Monument

Published by under Food

When khlongs were the most reliable transport and boats plied the “Venice of the East”, boat noodles were Thailand’s answer to delivery pizza. Vendors didn’t deliver upon order, but they did ply their way across the city selling noodle soups from wooden sampans calling out for customers as they passed by. Vendors soon developed loyal … read the full post

Jan 19 2012

Photo: Chiang Dao trees

Published by under Photos

Some simple scenes speak for themselves and are the reason we travel. Here’s one of ours: a view of tall trees at dawn in Chiang Dao, taken from Malee’s Nature Lover Bungalows. Haven’t heard of Chiang Dao? It’s the spot we recommend if you think Chiang Mai is too touristy, Pai too sceney, Chiang Rai … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Bangkok’s secret lunch and shopping spots

Published by under Food,Shopping

Walking down any Bangkok street, you’ll be bombarded with vats of pork soup and made-to-order som tam. So many options; how do you choose? For a mouthwatering Thai lunch, I avoid the obvious tourist traps and do as Bangkokians do: eat in a “tent”. Around business districts, like Phloen Chit, Silom and Asok, lunch spots … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Kopi tasting in Trang

Published by under Trang

It’s true that most travellers only see the southwest Thai mainland through the windows of a minibus, en route to the Andaman Sea islands. If you’re into rich culture and a unique local food scene, however, you might consider spending a day or two in the mid-sized provincial capital of Trang. At first glance it … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Navigating Chatuchak market

Published by under Shopping

Chatuchak market (pronounced jat-u-jak), or “JJ” for short, is packed with items to buy — from refurbished vintage dresses through to Yorkshire terriers and quite a bit in between. JJ is not a made-for-tourists destination; gaggles of locals make a pilgrimage to this outdoor market each weekend. For some, JJ is a shopping heaven, and … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

US warns of Bangkok terrorist threat — updated for January 18

Published by under Health & safety

Around 15:30 today (Friday the 13th no less) the US Embassy in Bangkok sent out an email alert warning of a potential terrorist threat in Bangkok. The email was shortly after retracted, then, we’ve just learned, re-issued. ABC has a story on it here. As is typical of this style of warning, it is frustratingly … read the full post

Jan 12 2012

What not to do on a longtail boat

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Peace and relaxation await you on any of Southeast Asia’s islands, but the boat ride to get there is often an unexpected dose of adventure. While many of the more popular islands rely mainly on large passenger speedboats and ferries for transport, many islands — such as Ko Libong, Ko Sukorn, Ko Adang, and Ko … read the full post

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