Asia · Thailand

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Tucked away at the far end of beautiful Koh Lanta, gazing west across the calm Andaman Sea, lies the gorgeous Pimalai Resort. One of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this stunning hideaway offers a level of style, serenity and solitude that is hard to beat. Beautiful hotels are scattered all over Thailand though, and… Continue reading Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Asia · Laos · Thailand

Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

During a recent spell of gallivanting around South East Asia, I spent some time in Laos: the landlocked sibling of its surrounding countries. Having spent a fair bit of time in Thailand, I (naively) thought that Laos would be somewhat similar. Surely the food would be as good? The days as swelteringly hot, and the… Continue reading Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

Asia · Thailand

Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Drop everything, and jump on the next flight to Chiang Mai. Why? Because surely one of the best coffee shops in the world can be found there. Whilst spending a few sunny days in Chiang Mai I’d put Ristr8to down on my ‘to-do’ list, mainly as something to do to fill the tail-end of an… Continue reading Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Asia · Thailand

Top Ten Tips for Thailand

1. “Bao bao” – the most important Thai word you’ve never heard You’ve probably mastered your sawatdee ka/krup and maybe a bit more, but if you’re heading for a Thai massage and have only the most basic knowledge of the local lingo, I implore you to learn (and use) “bao bao”. “Bao” = gentle, and… Continue reading Top Ten Tips for Thailand

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Rod Fai Market 2: hipster heaven in Bangkok’s steamy suburbs

If you’re a fan of Bangkok’s numerous bustling markets, you’ll no doubt know that Rod Fai Market has spawned a sibling. The original (and much larger) Rod Fai at Srinakarin is still in action, but for those who don’t want to make the trek, the much more accessible Rod Fai 2 is in full swing every… Continue reading Rod Fai Market 2: hipster heaven in Bangkok’s steamy suburbs

Asia · Thailand

Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

It’s rare that a hotel is the star of the show: more often than not, it’s where you grab a good night’s sleep and hopefully a decent breakfast before heading out for the day’s adventures – particularly so if you’re on a budget. And in a buzzing city like Bangkok, it’s even rarer that the… Continue reading Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

Asia · Thailand

Ao Nang, Railay Beach and the Four Islands – without the crowds

Ao Nang in the Krabi province is the jumping-off point for many of the Andaman Sea’s nautical attractions – including Railay Beach, the Four Islands, James Bond Island, Koh Phi Phi, and so on – which, by default, seemingly makes it one of the most ridiculously touristy spots in South East Asia. Ao Nang itself is… Continue reading Ao Nang, Railay Beach and the Four Islands – without the crowds