Aug 13 2011

Chiang Rai’s House of Opium

Published by under Chiang Rai

Or ‘welcome to the house of fin’, (fin being the Thai translation)! The House of Opium is the original of the two museums in tiny Sob Ruak (in Chiang Rai province) dedicated to the sticky resin of this one particular flower. There is also the new, flashy — and expensive — Hall of Opium, which … read the full post

Aug 09 2011

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens

Published by under Chiang Rai

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens are located in Chiang Rai’s Doi Tung district, close to the Burmese border town of Mae Sai. Now some 20 years old, the superb gardens were created in the early 1990s when the particularly troublesome Akha village of Pa Kluay was relocated by the royal-backed Doi Tung Development Project. The … read the full post

Aug 04 2011

Travel Clinic in Bangkok

Published by under Health & safety

While not the stuff that office escape daydreams are made of, getting medically protected while travelling is an important consideration. Travelling with a bit of stomach flu is possible, but travelling with malaria is not. If you’ve left home without arranging malaria treatment or have made a mid-journey change of destination that carries a higher-risk … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Historical Bangkok museum houses

Published by under Art & culture

A few posts back, we talked about museums that give a history of Bangkok. Today, I’ll focus on a few homes-turned-museums that give more personal glimpses into Thai life of the past 200 years.  These four museums are all former homes, and all of them afford stellar looks into Thai architecture and design as well … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Chiang Rai’s Suan Charin

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Suan Chari, or as it is sometimes spelt, Jarin, is a resort and restaurant located in Mae Suai district of Chiang Rai province. It’s located at a highly scenic spot on the banks of the Mae Lao river, set in extensive and well-tended gardens — and it’s probably our favourite stop-off/lunch place on the road … read the full post

Aug 01 2011

Bangkok’s prettiest wat: Wat Rachabophit

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

I must confess, I was tempted not to post on Wat Rachabophit and just keep all of its under-the-radar splendour to myself, but mother always said that “sharing is caring”. On a recent research pilgrimage for Travelfish.org I spent some quality time sampling dozens of Bangkok’s illustrious wats. Of course I was impressed by the … read the full post

Jul 29 2011

WiFi on Khao San Road

Published by under Phone & internet

It’s easy to find a bucket filled with booze on Khao San Road; in fact, it’s hard not to find one. But where to go if you need a fast (and free) WiFi connection, some coffee, and some quiet? No matter if you have some pressing Facebook work to do, need to write some of … read the full post

Jul 28 2011

Thailand books: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

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I love reading about a place that I am travelling through, and all-the-better if the book makes me squirm with horrible recognition: This is how we count the days. June: the Germans come to the islands — football cleats, big T-shirts, thick tongues — speaking like spitting. July: the Italians, the French, the British, the … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

What to wear in Bangkok

Published by under Culture

While on the backpacker trail it is easy to get lulled into a false sense of bikinis-are-appropriate-everywhere. But do bear something in mind: Bangkok is not a beach town and that soupy khlong is not the sea. Despite the insufferable humidity, Bangkokians are quite chic and they appreciate when tourists do what they can to … read the full post

Jul 25 2011

Outdoor weekend: Wakeboarding in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Nothing says summer time where I come from (the flat, dry farming part of the world) like a Sunday trip to the lake. Waterskiing, grilling, and Sunday afternoon beers are an integral part of the summer social fabric. Lacking a boat, I thought that Sunday afternoons next to the lake were something I’d just have … read the full post

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