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 20 2013

Review: Firehouse Pub & Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

HOPE. YOU'RE. HUNGRY.

Bangkok’s bountiful Thai food keeps us happy 99% of the time, but every so often, a craving for a good old-fashioned burger hits with the immediacy of a monsoon storm. Like most international foods, Bangkok has no shortage of burgers that run from Big Macs up to gourmet patties with imported beef. Seeking something in-between, … 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

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

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