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

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 22 2013

Review: Art Cafe, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan

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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

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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

Exploring Ko Siray, Phuket

Keep a sharp eye out for suicidal monkeys.

Travellers looking to get away from the crowds of Phuket and see the island’s more traditional, peaceful side are well advised to head east. Off Phuket’s southeast coast lies Ko Siray, a small island with great hilltop views, scenic roads to explore and some good beachfront dining. Connected to Phuket by a short causeway, Ko … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Finding vegan food on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Roast Veggie Platter

Travelling in Southeast Asia and being vegan can sometimes be a bit challenging — many vendors and restaurants have a habit of adding animal-based ingredients even to food you’d like to just be vegetarian (albeit usually with good intentions). Here are some tips for sticking to a vegan diet on Thailand’s Ko Tao. The best … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Review: The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa, Bophut, Ko Samui

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Not a bad place to lay your towel for the day.

The name says it all in this case. The Sundays Sanctuary is precisely a sanctuary, set back from the busy Ring Road in Bophut. It’s not often you’ll find such stylish accommodation at this price on Ko Samui, and what this resort loses from not being beachside, it more than makes up in tranquil appeal, … read the full post

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