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

Sep 03 2013

Review: The World’s End, Ao Chaloklum, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

World's End Cafe interior

If you’re ever in the mood for some delicious Western food while on the northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan, head straight for The World’s End in Ao Chaloklum. This popular, charming joint does some of the best coffee around (with a real espresso machine), and some of the best sandwiches and wraps on the … read the full post

Aug 30 2013

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Thailand

Published by under Kamphaeng Phet

One last snap at Wat Chang Rob.

Walking the streets of modern Kamphaeng Phet, it’s hard to believe this low-key backwater was once a key stronghold of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms. Often overlooked by travellers, what remains of this once magnificent city can be explored at Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park. The historical park’s central zone is home to Wat Phra Kaew, … read the full post

Aug 27 2013

Review: Sweet Sisters Cafe, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

As good as it looks.

If you’re staying in the south of Ko Samui, or heading that way for a daytrip away from the crowds, pop in to Sweet Sisters Cafe for wholesome Thai and fusion food. The menu has a strong vegetarian and vegan influence, but meat options are on offer too, and the quirky decor lends a great vibe. … read the full post

Aug 27 2013

Turtle conservation on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Come in number 3 your time is up !

Ko Tao is named after the turtle, but this is due to the island’s shape, rather than an abundance of real live turtles. But there is a place you can see them these days… Research suggests that there once were quite a few turtles coming to Ko Tao’s beaches to nest, but as the number … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Climbing on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

On the up...

Diving is not the only adventure sport on Ko Tao — climbing is one that’s often overlooked, but is great fun. It may not be as exhilarating as rock climbing in Krabi, but Ko Tao is home to more than 60 routes, of varying degrees of difficulty. If you’ve climbed before and have some experience, … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Anothai: Bangkok’s best vegetarian restaurant?

Published by under Food

Pak-wan perfection.

Fifteen year-old Anothai Restaurant stands at the pinnacle of Bangkok’s vegetarian food scene. Named after its Cordon-Bleu schooled chef, it offers a mix of tasty Thai vegetarian dishes with flourishes of Japanese and Italian to go with a great bakery, huge tea selection and soothing atmosphere. Set in an out-of-the-way east Bangkok locale, Anothai is … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket

Brownie, Dodo and Dr Tum -- a gibbon family set to be released into the wild soon.

The Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, found at the edge of Khao Phra Thaeo national park near Bang Pae Waterfall, has been working since 1992 to help rescue gibbons and other animals from the animal tourism and exotic pet trade. From elephant riding to monkey shows to playing with tigers, encounters with animals are a highlight … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

New and used book stores on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

hammock

If you’ve just arrived on Ko Pha Ngan and you’re in need of a good beach read, you’ll be pleased to hear that the island is home to quite a few book shops, selling both new and used books, where you should be able to find a treasure or two to keep you happily swinging … read the full post

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