Jul 02 2013

What to do when it rains on Phuket

A sailboat seeks shelter from the storm on Phuket's east coast.

Phuket can be a wet place during the southwest monsoon from May through October. But as Thailand’s largest and most developed island, there are plenty of things to do and places to escape to on a rainy day when the beach is not an option. Curling up in a dry spot with a good book … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

Review: Hacienda Beach Resort, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Even pretty on an overcast day.

If you’re after a good value flashpacker to midrange Ko Samui bungalow on a stretch of quiet beach, with sunset views and walking distance to restaurants and bars — then you can’t go wrong with Hacienda Beach Hotel. Located right in the heart of Mae Nam village, near the Chinese temple and walking street market, Hacienda Beach Hotel — sister … read the full post

Jul 01 2013

Review: Chicken T, Bangkok

Published by under Food

From happy chicken to happy travel writer.

While KFC outlets, chicken rice shops and grilled chicken-on-a-stick vendors are all ubiquitous in Bangkok, finding free-range, antibiotic-free chicken that you know is hygienically prepared is not an easy task. In the Gateway Ekamai shopping centre off Sukhumvit Road, Chicken T delivers exactly that — and it tastes darn good too. A one-time professor of … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Which diving course should you take after Open Water?

Published by under Ko Tao

What next?

You’ve completed your Open Water Course and fallen in love with diving, so what should you do next? There seems to be a dizzying array of options. Here’s a rundown of your choices on Thailand’s Ko Tao. The simplest thing by far would be to go diving. You’re not on a course, there are no … read the full post

Jun 25 2013

Phuket Mining Museum

Mini diorama of an open-pit mine.

Phuket’s fortunes are now made in tourism but in the past it was home to a thriving tin mining industry. The Phuket Mining Museum, found in a rather remote area of Kathu district, tells the story of the island’s tin-powered history. Set by a lagoon on sprawling grounds in a large pink Sino-Portuguese style building, … read the full post

Jun 25 2013

Gallery Drip Coffee at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Published by under Food

... And we drink the magic.

As Thailand’s economy booms, a growing number of farmers in the mountainous northern region are focusing on gourmet coffee. Chiang Mai is undoubtedly the country’s coffee capital, but Bangkok is also on board this high-speed coffee train. A love for coffee and passion for art are often blended, and Gallery Drip Coffee in the Bangkok … read the full post

Jun 22 2013

Review: Art Cafe, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

art cafe haad chao pao

Ao Chaophao’s Art Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside. But this charming little Ko Pha Ngan coffee shop, restaurant and lounge is testament to the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover. If you’re staying in Ao Chaphao, or passing through, Art Cafe makes a rejuvenating spot to spend a … read the full post

Jun 21 2013

Tennis and badminton on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Tennis in the tropics. Don't forget the sunscreen.

If you enjoy a good game of tennis and can brave the tropical heat, Ko Samui offers several places to play tennis, many of which are floodlit, enabling you to play in the evening when it’s cooler. The Samui Tennis Club is located just off the Ghost Road (the road that joins Bang Rak to … read the full post

Jun 21 2013

Bangkok’s Loy La Long revisited

Published by under Accommodation

Just lovely.

Here on Travelfish we’ve written about Bangkok’s Loy La Long before. Our man in Bangkok David Luekens waxed so lyrical about it — declaring it “his dream hotel” — that I just had to try it for myself. So on a recent trip through Bangkok I treated myself to two nights (must be thorough!) at … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Northeastern Chinese food at Kiew Jeen, Bangkok

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French fried green eggplant -- very tasty indeed.

Chinese flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques have long been incorporated into the cuisine of Thailand. They’re evident on practically every Bangkok street in cheap staples like khao man kai, ba mii pet and kwit-thiao. If you’re in the mood for something different, stop by Kiew Jeen for rich northeastern Chinese Liaoning-style food. Liaoning cuisine is known for strong flavours, soft … read the full post

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