Oct 04 2013

Lotus-throwing Festival (Rab Bua) in Bang Phli

Published by under Festivals

Wishes that didn't quite make it.

What do you get when you place a sacred Buddha image on a boat, add a million lotus flowers, lots of food, a little alcohol, endless other colourful boats and thousands of onlookers who frantically throw flowers from the side of a canal? It’s the Lotus Throwing Festival, or Rab Bua, held annually on Awk … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Mon food at Ko Kret market, Nonthaburi

Published by under Food

Over the centuries, many Mon people have assimilated into Thai society, but isolated pockets of traditional Mon language, art and food persist. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Ko Kret, a four square-kilometre island that sits within the Chao Phraya river just north of Bangkok. In this refreshing enclave of countryside, fabulous Mon food can be … read the full post

Sep 15 2013

No trains to Chiang Mai from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, 2013

Published by under Transport

The trains could use an upgrade too.

Following 13 train derailments so far this year, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is closing some 250 kilometres of track in northern Thailand to perform necessary upgrades. Though this a wise (and overdue) decision, it means that anyone trying to reach Chiang Mai by rail will actually do so partly by an SRT-provided bus … read the full post

Sep 12 2013

Staying fit on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

No air-con required, just a gentle breeze.

Being on holiday on Ko Samui doesn’t mean you have to give up on your exercise routine; you may even find inspiration to start one. Here are some suggestions on how to stay fit — or perhaps get fit — while travelling on the island. Incorporating a traditional Thai sport into your holiday here makes … read the full post

Sep 10 2013

Ao Chalong Yacht Club, Phuket

Kids queue up for a free sail session on the club's open day.

The Ao Chalong Yacht Club, set at the edge of Ao Chalong along Phuket’s southeast coast, is a great spot to learn the ropes of sailing, enjoy some waterfront dining and mingle with some of the region’s most skilled and salty sailors. While ‘yacht club’ usually conjures up an image of white linen-clad snobs swanning around … read the full post

Sep 09 2013

Sunsets — and the weather — in Bangkok

Published by under Weather

Again looking southwest towards the 'burbs -- sun showers.

Sundown in Bangkok is a frenzied time. Taxis and buses struggle through clogged streets; the sky train and subway are overrun. Food vendors come out in force as the sun sinks over the Chao Phraya River, out of sight for most. These shots capture just some of the many different moods that Bangkok assumes as … read the full post

Sep 07 2013

Review: Methavalai Sorndaeng Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Wing bean salad -- we couldn't resist a bite before a picture.

Since 1957, Methavalai Sorndaeng Restaurant has served a broad mix of traditional Thai food in a classic fine dining setting. The atmosphere might be too stuffy for some, but it’s tough to argue with the authentic and reasonably priced food. A direct view over Democracy Monument isn’t too shabby either. Stepping into the restaurant’s spacious, … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Review: The Witching Well, Pai

Published by under Pai

The Well itself

Restaurant, bakery, tea and coffee shop and snack bar rolled into one, Pai’s famous Witching Well is not only our favourite eatery in Pai but one of our favourites in north Thailand, full stop. Pai is famous for its bakeries and cafes, but what sets Witching Well apart is a commendable attention to detail. It offers … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Bang Pae waterfall, Phuket

A relatively easy mini trek for the kids.

Found in the more sparsely populated northeastern interior of Phuket, Bang Pae waterfall is among the more tranquil sights of the island. A cool alternative to the beach, this 16-metre cascade sits within Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a protected virgin jungle covering about 22 square kilometres. A popular weekend escape, Bang Pae usually teems … read the full post

Sep 03 2013

Deck chairs on Samui’s beaches

Published by under Ko Samui

taling ngam beach outside elements resort & spa

One of the great things about Ko Samui is that deck chairs and sun-loungers are free to use at most resorts and beachfront restaurants — with the understanding you’ll buy drinks and perhaps snacks from the provider — making beach chilling sessions cheap and easy. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to read your book … read the full post

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