Jun 07 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Akha

The Akha are probably Thailand’s most visible ‘hill-tribe’ group and these days you certainly don’t need to go anywhere near northern Thailand to come across them. The sight, and sound, of an Akha woman with a wooden frog will be all too familiar in any of the country’s tourist hot spots, from Phuket to Khao … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

Common birds of downtown Chiang Mai

Published by under Wildlife

Surprising how many people can stay several days in Chiang Mai and remain oblivious of the — by city standards — plentiful and varied bird life. Being a leafy town and with forested mountains not far away in any direction, you don’t need to go hiking in the national park to see some pretty exotic … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

A day outside in Bangkok: Suan Rot Fai

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

You know a place is something special when you stumble upon it by accident, realise its awesomeness, and subsequently cancel the rest of the day’s plans in order to stay and enjoy. This is what happened to me at Suan Rot Fai. I really had every intention of making it to the largely talked about … read the full post

Jun 06 2011

Sunday morning dim sum: Hong Min

Published by under Food

Some people wake up on a lazy Sunday and require coffee and newspapers to collect the shattered pieces of their weekend selves. Other people want bottomless bloody marys and eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce to ward off Monday’s coming. I am the person who requires steamed pork buns and shrimp wrapped in lovely wonton wrappers, … read the full post

Jun 02 2011

Getting a Vietnamese visa in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

Ignore all of the touts in Khao San Road and don’t worry about finding a travel agent to process your visa to Vietnam — it’s insanely easy to get by yourself (and cheaper). You will need: two passport photos (available on the way to the embassy), the visa form itself (available here, or at the … read the full post

May 31 2011

Splurging on Bangkok sushi: Part 1

Published by under Food

One of the joys of visiting a big city in Southeast Asia like Bangkok is a splurge now and then on the things  you can’t always find on the rest of the travelling trail. In my case, these splurges are often edible. While Thai food is undeniably divine, it is also great to take advantage … read the full post

May 30 2011

Bangkok day trip: Mahachai

Published by under Bangkok excursions

Sometimes you need to get out of Bangkok for a minute, to some place that is a bit quieter, and preferably cooler. Mahachai is a port town about 45 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. It squats on a bend of the Chao Phraya river as it heads out into the Gulf of Thailand, divided up into … read the full post

May 27 2011

Bangkok street food: som tam

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Some may say that pad Thai takes the international title of Thailand’s premiere dish, but if you’re surveying at the local level many would likely insist that  som tam should take the prize. Som tam, otherwise known as papaya salad and best eaten with a side of sticky rice, can be found on most Thai … read the full post

May 25 2011

The lazy truth of Bangkok’s delivery meals

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You know those days when leaving the house for any reason feels tragically impossible? Maybe the day’s low temperature is 41 or it’s been pouring since lunchtime and you’ve just set your perm. In comes the too-good-to-be-true reality of delivery in Bangkok. Many of the tastiest restaurants in the city do have delivery service with … read the full post

May 24 2011

The yetis of Northern Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Any self-respecting country laying claim to ‘wilderness areas’ has to have them! Reports of large ape-like creatures emanate from remote mountain and forest areas of every continent bar Antarctica: the Sasquatch or Bigfoot of Canada and the United States, the yetis of Siberia, yowies of Australia and abominable snowmen of Tibet — and Southeast Asia, … read the full post

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