Koh Si Chang: an island retreat two hours from Bangkok
The closest island to the capital, Koh Si Chang receives less attention than nearby Pattaya and Koh Samet further. Yet it offers the rarely successful combination of a local town feel and the convenience of a tourist-geared resort.
Recipe: grilled duck Thai red curry
My favourite of all Thai curries is difficult to find on the street due to the relatively higher cost of duck. Nothing beats this homemade version anyway, with a wild mix of flavours and the acidity of the pineapple to cut through the fatty duck.
The dilemma of Bangkok’s beggars
I have long tried to resist the temptation to give to beggars on Bangkok’s streets, knowing only too well that in many cases whatever they receive is likely to end up in the hands of whoever is pulling their strings.
Food porn: somtum hoy dong
Another one to make your gut turn, if you’re so inclined. I love this papaya salad for the sweetness of the fermented cockles that also turn the whole plate a shocking red. Try it if you dare, skip it at your peril.