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

Published by under Food

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

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

Day trip to Don Wai market, Bangkok

Published by under Food

First one to eat a whole bowl gets a prize!

Pungent stewed mackerel, heady Thai curries and mounds of chilli paste mingled as we bent and ducked through the crowd. Dozens of whole boiled ducks lined up as if just called into battle. Great uncles and aunties from the countryside rubbed shoulders with trendy urbanites, all with bulging sacks of goodies dangling from their fingers. … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

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

Published by under Accommodation

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

Jun 10 2013

Review: The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket

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From just plain shabby to shabby-chic: On On's lobby area.

Open since 1929, the On On Hotel is Phuket’s oldest hotel and for the past few decades it was known for having cheap but dismal backpacker rooms. But extensive renovations have changed all that. A flophouse no more, the On On has blossomed into a bright, stylish midrange hotel in Phuket Town. Found in Phuket … read the full post

Jun 10 2013

Review: Bunthon Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Som tam with pork neck -- a first for us.

We love the subtly sweet chilli pastes of central Thailand, the fiery curries of the south and the rustic spices up north, but the northeastern region — better known as Isaan — produces what we find to be the most addictive food in the kingdom. If you’re in Bangkok’s historic Rattanakosin district and get hit … read the full post

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