Sep 24 2011

Chiang Mai half marathon

Published by under Sights & activities

Just like to draw your attention to the Chiang Mai half-marathon (well, it’s 10kms) and 5km fun walk — for the less energetic — which is taking place on November 13 to raise awareness of NGO BABSEA-CLE or Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education (no wonder they abbreviated it). The organisation aims … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Thai massage: a primer

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Massage is recognised as an ancient art in Thailand and is one of the traditional medicine practices recognised by the government. Thai massage is basically doing yoga while wearing pyjamas, except you don’t have to actually do anything. So win-win all the way around! Thai massage is based on a concept similar to Chinese massage, … read the full post

Sep 22 2011

Our second favourite thing to do in Lamphun: Wat Phrathat Haripunchai

Published by under Lamphun

Yes two whole blog posts on Lamphun! (Whatever next — a feature on Phichit!?) Actually one of the best things about Lamphun is getting there — or away — with the Old Lamphun Road being one of the most scenic roads in the kingdom. The views aren’t anything special but it’s the road itself that’s … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

What to do on a Bangkok rainy day

Published by under Weather

Rain can be a buzzkill in Bangkok. The city reacts in a level of panic reminiscent of New Yorkers during Hurricane Irene: shut all windows, stock up on essentials like water and ramen noodles, and bail out of work early. But this collapse in infrastructure happens on a daily basis from May to October, taking … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Bangkok late night eats: Yaowarat Road

Published by under Food

In a city known for its night time indulgences, great late night street eats are a must. There are always a few noodle soup carts, grillers of pork sate, or the flames of a fried noodle wok clustered around popular clubs and bars — but it’s more hangover cure/dancing fuel than culinary delight. But what … read the full post

Sep 19 2011

Avoiding Bangkok scams

Published by under Health & safety

Bangkok scams are rampant. A while back we featured a story on scams throughout Thailand, but after living in The Big Mango I do think these city streets deserve some special attention. Now you might fancy yourself a savvy traveller but let me just say that these scammers are skilled. In fact, let’s start off … read the full post

Sep 16 2011

Thai-style vegetarian food: Deva does it right

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Vegetarian food in Bangkok usually falls into two categories: vaguely Mediterranean-style (roasted vegetables and couscous) or aahaan je, Chinese-style Buddhist cuisine heavy on seitan and tofu [for an excellent je option, see previous post -- and we've also covered a few other veggie options here]. Well-prepared, both styles stand ready to prove that even meat … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Healthy and (mostly) vegetarian eats in Bangkok

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Meat pops up when you least expect it in Bangkok. You’ll place an order for vegetarian spring rolls, assured by the bold print on the menu, the waiter, and the manager that they are, indeed, vegetarian. The rolls arrive, looking crispy and inviting. You bite down eagerly and … what’s that you feel? You pause … read the full post

Sep 14 2011

Ko Phi Phi for kids

With its mostly calm waters, long, well-shaded beaches and accommodating places to stay, Ko Phi Phi can be a great destination for travellers with children, though go for accommodation away from Ton Sai village. Accommodation-wise, if you’re in the market for hot-water and air-con, budget for at least 1,500 baht a night. Contact the resorts … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

The best thing to do in Lamphun

Published by under Lamphun

Well, more accurately what we enjoyed visiting most in Lamphun was Wat Chama Devi (or Thewi). Without meaning to be rude, and while being a pleasant-enough spot, the small, sleepy, provincial town of Lamphun isn’t exactly the tourist epicentre of northern Thailand. However in an earlier Mon, Dvaravati period incarnation as Haripunchai it was indeed … read the full post

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