Aug 17 2013

Games and sport on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Beach Volleyball Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan may well be best known for its parties — the Full Moon, Half Moon, Black Moon and Shiva Moon, just for starters — but fun, sporty activities are also available for those not so keen on glow paint and Sangsom buckets. Here are a few. FC Farang Ko Pha Ngan has a … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Red turtles at the ready to bring to the shrines.

For the Hokkien Chinese community of Phuket, ghostly ancestors are as much a part of a family’s daily life as its living relatives. And occasionally, these ghosts are haunted by hunger. Each year, on first day of the waxing moon on the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Must-do activities on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

A day away from the deejays and cocktails.

Ko Samui is packed with things to do — so many that it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re on your first visit here. To help out those who are planning a trip, here’s our selection of must-do activities. Get on the water There’s no better way to see an island than from the … read the full post

Aug 12 2013

Review: Why Not, Pai

Published by under Pai

Cocktail hour

Why Not (there’s no question mark) in Pai — Mae Hong Son‘s favourite traveller destination — serves some of the best coffee in town and is also a fine spot for a well-chilled beer or pick-you-up cocktail at the end of the day. In the mornings, Why Not wears its coffee shop and breakfast cafe hat, … read the full post

Aug 08 2013

Baan Chinpracha heritage house, Phuket

The inner courtyard with a cooling koi pond.

Baan Chinpracha is a stately Sino-Colonial mansion at the edge of Phuket’s Old Town area, and the island’s only historical home we’re aware of where visitors are allowed a peek inside. Built in 1903 by Phra Pitak Chinpracha (also known as Tan Ma Siang), it was among several grand homes built after the wave of … read the full post

Jul 30 2013

Review: Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Phuket

Published by under Food

A cosy corner with Patong beach in sight just beyond.

Waterfront dining in Phuket too often means mediocre meals at inflated prices, but Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop on Kalim beach happily offers both good tastes and good value, with a five-star view to boot. Pantai, which means “beach” in Malay and the Southern Thai dialect, sits on the rocks overlooking the beach of … read the full post

Jul 28 2013

Review: Cafe Bicycle, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Welcome to Cafe Bicycle.

Centrally located at the beginning of Sukhumvit Road, Cafe Bicycle is a bright and casual breakfast-and-lunch spot that opened at the tail end of 2012. Although it’s not-to-be-missed by cycling enthusiasts, the cafe is an excellent choice for anyone after wholesome food and social-environmental sustainability. Like Cafe Velodome in Bangkok’s old city, Cafe Bicycle is … read the full post

Jul 21 2013

Medical tourism on Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

With a view like that who will want to bend over for downward dog!

As if beaches are not enough, Samui is proving an attractive destination to many a tourist when it comes to various kinds of cosmetic surgery. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean inferior, so if this is up your alley, here’s a rundown of what’s on offer between massages and sunset cocktails. Not all procedures involve going under the knife … read the full post

Jul 13 2013

Extending your visa while on Samui

Published by under Practicalities

Don't think this 'Samui Passport' will work at immigration.

Should you want to stay in Thailand longer than your visa permits, you can extend it while on Samui. Here’s a rundown of how long you can extend and how to do it. Which visa you have will determine how much longer you can extend your stay. If you arrived with no visa and only … read the full post

Jul 09 2013

Review: Friendship Beach Resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

Let the crab-hunting begin. Friendship Beach at low tide.

Friendship Beach Resort on Rawai beach is mainly a retreat for wellness seekers but it also welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to stay on Phuket with some added comforts. As its name suggests, this small resort is a friendly place that offers — for Phuket — reasonable value for beachfront accommodation. Found three … read the full post

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