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Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu: serious prawn tom yum, pla kung and more in old-town Bangkok

Tom yum kung pla meum hot and sour soup with prawns and squid at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

An unassuming street stall in Bangkok’s old-town of Banglamphu, two streets away from Khaosan Road, serves some of the city’s best tom yum kung soup. Continue reading

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Zab Zab: killer Isaan food in Kanchanaburi

Isaan (northeastern Thai) food at Zab Zab restaurant in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

West-central Thailand’s Kanchanaburi town might not be a foodie destination in its own right, but for those passing through for its numerous other attractions – among them the WW2-era death railway line, Hellfire Pass, numerous war cemeteries, and countless waterfalls … Continue reading

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The quiet back alleys of Bangkok’s historic Kudeejeen neighbourhood

Kudeejeen neighbourhood in Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s Kudeejeen neighbourhood is overlooked by visitors and locals, but this network of walkable alleys hides an enchanting riverside community. Continue reading

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Hom Duan (หอมด่วน): homely khao soi and stunning gaeng hunglay in Ekkamai, Bangkok

Hom Duan (หอมด่วน) khao soi, gaeng hunglay and northern Thai food restaurant in Ekkamai, Bangkok, Thailand

This informal indoor café-restaurant serves home-style northern cooking, including dishes like khao soi and gaeng hunglay, steps from Ekkamai BTS station. Continue reading

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Trang: coffee, crispy pork, and colonial architecture

Green frog-headed tuk-tuks in Trang, Thailand

Often no more than a blip on the radar of those en route to the coast, southern Thailand’s Trang – a whopping 800-plus kilometres from the capital – sees a trickle of visitors, but packs in a charming atmosphere and … Continue reading

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A seafood feast at Soei, at Bangkok’s Samsen railway station

Soei (เส่ย) restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

Right alongside the busy platform at Bangkok’s Samsen train station, Soei is an atmospheric setting for a stunning Thai seafood spread. Continue reading

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Frog jungle curry and stir-fried winkles at Gaeng Pa Sriyan in Bangkok

Gaeng pa gob frog jungle curry, pad cha hoy comb stir-fried winkles and krapao nok kata sub stir-fried quail and basil at Gaeng Pa Sriyan restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

There are no prisoners taken at Bangkok’s Gaeng Pa Sriyan restaurant, where rare dishes like frog jungle curry and stir-fried winkles are loaded with spice. Continue reading

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Kanom jeen sao nam and Sukhothai noodles: Somsong Pochana in Bangkok’s old town

Kanom jeen sao nam rice noodles with prawns and coconut milk at Somsong Pochana restaurant in Bangkok

At a modest but bustling shophouse restaurant in Bangkok’s old town, a dish of rice noodles with prawns and coconut milk evokes feelings of summer. Continue reading

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Hua Takhe art market – a slice of old Bangkok

Hua Takhe art market in eastern Bangkok, Thailand

A peaceful art market on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok offers a glimmer of the city’s way of life from years gone by. Continue reading

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Siam Gypsy Junction – Bangkok’s newest vintage market

Siam Gypsy Junction night market in Bang Son, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok has a new vintage market on the block – Siam Gypsy Junction has retro wares, trendy haircuts and beers on a bus roof. It’s the place to be! Continue reading

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Bangkok Tree House: Review

Bangkok Tree House in Phra Phradaeng

On an artificial island just outside the Thai capital of Bangkok, an eco-friendly luxury resort of tree houses is the ultimate escape from the big city. Continue reading

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London Pie – pies and English breakfasts in Bangkok

Full English fried breakfast at London Pie in Bangkok

Where can you find an authentic, generously sized and well priced English breakfast in Bangkok? London Pie, in Ekkamai, might be the answer. Continue reading

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Dasa Book Café: a haven for Bangkok’s readers

Dasa Book Café in Bangkok - photo by Dasa Book Café

In a country that’s decidedly lacking a reading culture, Dasa is a fortunate exception, a bastion of a second-hand bookshop in downtown Bangkok. Continue reading

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4 floating markets in and around Bangkok

Taling Chan floating market - photo by Alpha

Floating markets are not created equally, but luckily there are several great ones within easy reach of Bangkok. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 11-17 December 2014

NASA  Space Exhibition - photo by TAT

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Roti Fatimah: outstanding southern Thai curries and roti in eastern Bangkok

Gaeng gari gai at Roti Fatimah, Bangkok

In an area already packed with excellent southern Thai eateries, Roti Fatimah – inside the Paradise Park food court – is a stand-out. Continue reading

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Krabi: where to stay

Ao Nang, Krabi

Five great accommodation options in Krabi town – hotels, guest houses and resorts for every budget. Continue reading

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Sanguan Sri: old-school Thai food in downtown Bangkok

Sanguan Sri in Phloen Chit, Bangkok

This restaurant will win no awards for its decades unchanged decor, but it excels in turning out well executed southern and central Thai classics. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 27 November – 03 December 2014

Slowfest Farmrak - photo by thebarrowboy

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 20-26 November 2014

Chomp - photo by Chomp

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Suan Luang Market – Bangkok’s European-style farmers’ market

Suan Luang market, Bangkok

A short way from the eastern outskirts of the Bangkok Skytrain is what might be the closest Thailand has to a European-style farmers’ market. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 13-19 November 2014

Ancient Siam - photo by Ancient Siam

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Baan Dinso @ Ratchadamnoen Boutique Hostel, Bangkok: Review

Democracy Monument as seen from Baan Dinso @ Ratchadamnoen

In Bangkok’s old town, two associated guest houses within spitting distance of each other have distinct atmospheres – and one has killer views of Democracy Monument. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 06-12 November 2014

Concert in the Park - photo by Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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We need to talk about Khao Sok

Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand boasts impressive limestone karsts that nosedive into a stunning emerald lake, and tranquil floating houses in which to pass away a relaxing, away-from-it-all break. Continue reading

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Goat kuruma curry and more at Yusup Pochana

Yusup Pochana, southern Thai food in north Bangkok

The little-known kuruma curry is the star of the show at a southern Thai restaurant in northern Bangkok. Continue reading

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Northern Thai food in northern Bangkok: khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua

Khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua, Union Mall

When a craving for khao soi strikes, nothing beats Chiang Mai – but Bangkok can still do a mean version of the northern curried noodles, including at this spot in Union Mall. Continue reading

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Amazing seafood at Krua Lung Meuk Pa Lord in Prachuap Kiri Khan

Lung Meuk Pa Lord seafood, Prachuap Kiri Khan

Why go to the beach if not for the seafood? And if you’re going to Prachuap Kiri Khan, there’s nowhere better to start your pilgrimage than at Uncle Squid’s and Aunty Straw’s. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Laab Dib

Laab Dib on Sukhumvit 101/1

One for the more adventurous foodie, this spicy northeastern salad is made with same herb and spice mix as namtok. But the twist is that it’s made with raw pork, giving the dish a red tinge as it oozes blood. Continue reading

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The Bangkok Hit List: 30 October – 05 November 2014

So Be It (A-Wang)

If it’s happening, it’s here – the definitive guide to where to be this week in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey: Thai curry in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

At a curry and rice stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown, the food is decent but not as impressive as the quirky surrounds. Continue reading

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Authentic southern mataba in Bangkok

Chicken mataba at Soi Supaphong

Tucked away in a hidden but bustling corner of Bangkok, one man serves up authentic southern chicken and beef mataba pancakes in the capital. Continue reading

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Could this be Bangkok’s best somtum?

Somtum at Udomsuk Soi 19

Where is the best place to eat papaya salad in Bangkok? It could well just be this no-name roadside stall on the outskirts of the Skytrain’s Sukhumvit line. Continue reading

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10 things to do before you leave Sangkhlaburi

Broken bridge, Sangkhlaburi

For such a small town Sangkhlaburi, just a short hop from the Burmese border, is bursting with things to do. Here are ten spots to check out before you leave – enough to keep you there for at least a few days! Continue reading

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Loy Krathong in Thailand – where to celebrate

Loy Krathong at Wat Dhammamongkol, Bangkok

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most popular festivals, and perhaps its most romantic and photogenic. But where best in the kingdom to celebrate it? Continue reading

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10 things not to miss in Prachuap Kiri Khan

Khao Chong Krachok, Prachuap Kiri Khan

Skip Hua Hin and head straight for Prachuap Kiri Khan, a laid-back beauty of a town that hugs the golden gulf coast heading towards Thailand’s south. Continue reading

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Bangkok by night: same city, different feeling

Wat Prayoon

Expique’s tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok gives a different take on the city – by attacking it at night. Continue reading

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Bangkok’s vintage cinema experience: the antithesis of a ‘cineplex’

Scala cinema in Siam Square

Bangkok may have a reputation for glossy super-malls and cinemas, but a couple of old-time hidden spots in the centre of the city can still offer the vintage movie-going experience. Continue reading

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4 reasons not to skip Krabi town

Railway sign, Krabi

Heading to Ao Nang or Railay? You would have to be a fool to miss Krabi town itself – here’s why. Continue reading

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The dilemma of Bangkok’s beggars

Beggar in Bangkok - photo by Sam Sherratt

My resolve to not give to beggars is severely tested by one particular elderly woman, sat each day outside the On Nut branch of Tesco Lotus. Her slight and fragile frame reminds me of my own grandmother. Continue reading

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Mooning on the 61st floor: the sky bar at Bangkok’s Banyan Tree

Moon Bar - photo by Luca Boldrini

There is no denying, it’s the views that draw people to the infamous sky bar on the sixty-first floor of the equally renowned (if only for its prices) Banyan Tree Hotel in Sathorn. It is mentioned in just about every … Continue reading

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Bang Nampheung – a floating market amidst Bangkok’s lungs

Bang Krachao

On an island cut off from Bangkok by the winding of the Chaophraya river lies a floating market of epic proportions, and one in the sort of serene setting you’d not expect to find within 15 minutes of the Skytrain. Continue reading

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Day Trip: Suan Soan Pradipat Beach – 12km from Hua Hin but a world away

Suan Soan Pradipat beach

Suan Soan Pradipat beach lies just 12km south of Hua Hin but is a haven of peace away from the condos and shopping centres of its royal resort neighbour. Continue reading

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Toney Restaurant: a taste of India in Bangkok

Toney Restaurant, Pahurat

Tucked away in a soi in Bangkok’s Little India, Toney Restaurant serves up authentic street food dishes right out of the subcontinent. Continue reading

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Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin: revamped and growing

Talat Rot Fai

After its fair share of ups and downs, Bangkok’s famed Talat Rot Fai vintage market is settling into its new home on Srinakarin Road – here’s what to expect. Continue reading

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Cheap-as-chips National Stadium market

MBK Market

Keep an eye out for this occasional market at BTS National Stadium in Bangkok – head along for some great food and unbelievable bargains! Continue reading

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All wrapped up: Ayutthaya’s infamous Wat Mahathat temple

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

A buddha head entangled in the chaotic roots of a banyan tree within the grounds of Wat Mahathat, a temple complex in the ancient Thai capital and UNESCO world heritage site of Ayutthaya, is arguably one of the most photographed of Thailand’s tourist sights. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Somtum Hoy Dong

Somtum hoy dong

Another one to make your gut turn, if you’re so inclined. This papaya salad variety is a new favourite of mine, and I love it for its sweetness – but that comes not from palm sugar, as is the case … Continue reading

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Koh Kret: an island on the Chao Phraya

Koh Kret

Serenity is within easy reach of Bangkok on the river island of Koh Kret. Here’s what to expect from a day trip there. Continue reading

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Recipe: Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil

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Make your own Thai stir fried chicken with holy basil at home with this easy recipe. Continue reading

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Must-Visit: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre - photo by Ken Ohyama

Bangkok might not be your number one destination for museum browsing, but only a fool would visit and not check out the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Continue reading

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Eight varieties of somtum papaya salad you just HAVE to try

Somtum Thai and laab moo in Mahachai

I admit it, I’m addicted to somtum. This ultra-spicy concoction, a salad of shredded papaya, fish sauce, a copious amount of chilli and a whole host of other ingredients depending on the type, is an assault on the senses hailing … Continue reading

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Koh Si Chang: An island retreat two hours from Bangkok

Haad Tampang, Koh Si Chang

A little over two hours from Bangkok and the closest island to the capital, Koh Si Chang receives less attention than the nearby (ghastly) resort town of Pattaya on the mainland and the white-sand island of Koh Samet further down … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Gaeng Om Gob

Gaeng om gob

Go on, be a daredevil. You won’t find this exact bowl of gaeng om gob on the street because it was homemade just for me, but any Isaan food stall worth its salt will be able to whip you one … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s best pad thai

Pad thai at On Nut night market

It’s not often that I rave about pad thai. That’s partly because, as a dish, it is over-hyped outside of Thailand to such an extent that you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s all the Thais eat, or that’s … Continue reading

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3 surprisingly good eats near Khaosan

Good food here, really? Oh, yes. Photo by Brandon Fick

Khaosan Road, the backpacker ghetto of the Thai capital, has a dearth of authentic, quality Thai food, right? Wrong! Here are three spots you might not have considered eating – but absolutely, definitely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt should. Continue reading

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Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Four scoops of mango comes pretty close to perfection

There are some things worth a long bus ride across a city, and I include a bowl of awesome ice cream in that list. That’s exactly what I did at the weekend, having tried and failed on previous occasions to … Continue reading

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Feasting at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Khlong Lat Mayom

Just when you think you’ve had your fix of Thai floating markets, along comes another one. Khlong Lat Mayom, sitting on the outskirts of the Thonburi side of Bangkok, is one worth a visit – at once a million miles from and within easy reach of the city. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Gaeng Hed

Gaeng Hed

Gaeng hed is a death-willingly spicy, sour and citrus-infused soup laced with a variety of mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal and a heap of other fresh herbs, spices and leafy greens. It’s a taste of Isaan food you won’t forget in a hurry. Continue reading

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Mae Klong: Guide

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  Samut Songkhram may be Thailand’s smallest province, but it sure packs in the punches. Yet despite being full of attractions genuinely befitting the tags ‘Amazing Thailand’ and ‘Unseen Thailand’, it rarely figures on the average tourist’s itinerary. In fact, … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Guay Deow Nam Tok

Guay Deow Nam Tok

Turn your nose up at pig’s blood soup if you will – but guay deow nam tok is a treat you’ll be missing out on. Packing a chilli punch and a half, and delectable whatever the weather, this is a Thai street food dish you shouldn’t skip. Continue reading

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How to get to Don Muang airport

Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok - photo by Dream Iada

What’s the best way to get to the budget airlines at Don Muang airport in Bangkok? Take your pick – taxi, bus or train. Continue reading

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Recipe: Grilled Duck Thai Red Curry

Grilled duck Thai red curry (gaeng phet bped yaang)

Recreate this authentic Thai red curry with grilled duck, pineapple and kaffir lime leaves – with a whirlwind of flavours as tantalising as if you were in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Namtok Moo

Namtok moo

Namtok moo, commonly enjoyed with other Isaan dishes like papaya salad and grilled chicken, is a mix of grilled pork, mint, spring onions, roasted rice and lime juice. A zingy and totally addictive treat! Continue reading

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Chanthaburi: East Thailand’s melting pot

Crumbling old shop houses back on to Chanthaburi

The diverse mix of people and cultures in the eastern Thai city of Chanthaburi is reflected as much in its religious buildings and crumbling shop houses as it is in the foods that fuel the locals. Continue reading

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Is this Bangkok’s best gay bar?

One Night Only  (photo by One Night Only)

While other spots nearby have hogged Bangkok’s gay scene to date, newbie One Night Only is shaking all that up with a fresh feeling, higher end bar and club that has a distinctly smaller, friendlier vibe. Continue reading

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Eating your way around Krabi

Eating your way around Krabi

Go to Krabi province without hitting Krabi town itself and you’ll miss out on the chance to taste some of the most delicious and authentic fiery southern Thai food you’ll come across. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Kanom Jeen Nam Prik

Kanom jeen nam ya pakang

  Kanom jeen are Chinese rice noodles, served over a curry soup usually made with lots of creamy coconut milk. My favourite is nam prik, deliciously sweet with the distinct taste of satay sauce. Load it with fresh vegetables and enjoy … Continue reading

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3 spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

Steve Café & Cuisine - photo by Nokkie Kemakawat

In Bangkok this Valentine’s and stuck for somewhere to wine and dine your loved one – or the one you want? Avoid the overhyped and overpriced hotel packages; here are 3 great ways to spend a romantic evening in the … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Khao Mok Gai

Khao mok gai at Areesaa Rote Dee

  Say hello to one of my favourite Thai dishes – khao mok gai. This southern dish, best described as a Thai version of a biryani, is made up of a hunk of chicken, beef or lamb, slowly marinated in … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Kanom Tuay

Kanom tuay

These coconutty parcels of deliciousness are without a doubt my all-time favourite Thai dessert. With a layer of sweet coconut milk and another layer of thicker, chewier, coconut cream, they are often also made with pandan leaves for extra flavour … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Kung Che Nam Pla

Kung che nam pla

Simplicity at its best, kung che nam pla is one of my favourite Thai seafood dishes. Marinated raw prawns are served with plenty of garlic, chilli and fish sauce based dipping sauce – bliss. Make sure you use the extra … Continue reading

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17 never-seen-before photos from Prachuap Kiri Khan

Mirror Mountain

    After my recent second visit to Prachuap Kiri Khan on Thailand’s gulf coast, I trawled through the photos I took on my first visit in 2011 and found a whole load that I didn’t publish at the time … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Prik Gaeng Pla Meuk

Prik gaeng pla meuk

While the street food staple for many Thais is pad krapao, mine is pad prik gaeng – like them, it’s what I order when I don’t know what else I want. I normally take my prik gaeng with pork – … Continue reading

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Best of the Rest: Friday 11 January

Amazing tribal costumes in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Michele Westmorland.

    Each week, words fly around the travel blogging community in their millions. Here is my wrap on some of the most inspiring, interesting or just plain beautiful stories and photos that have caught my attention of late. If … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Somtum Puu Ma

Somtum puu ma

Somtum puu ma is Thai papaya salad made with briefly marinated, raw blue crab. This plate was whipped up on the stunning beach at Ao Manao in Prachuap Kiri Khan, on Thailand’s gulf coast. Tweet

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Dual pricing and social media – a dangerous mix for Asiatique The Riverfront

This wheel, half the size of the London Eye, is the cause of such furore. Photo by Heiko S.

Bangkok’s Asiatique The Riverfront has spectacularly created itself a public relations nightmare on a monumental scale, by indulging in the distasteful practice of dual pricing. Continue reading

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Taling Chan – a floating market at a softer pace

Longtail boats pass in the khlong at Taling Chan floating market

  Floating markets are two-a-penny in and around Bangkok, and yet most visitors still swarm to the over-commercialised tourist trap that is Damnoen Saduak, in Ratchaburi province about an hour and a half from the capital. Taling Chan floating market … Continue reading

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Thai food: Raw prawns with chilli, garlic and fish sauce

Raw prawns with garlic, chilli and fish sauce

    One of my favourite Thai dishes is kung che nam pla – whole raw king prawns in fish sauce and lime juice served with a chilli and garlic based seafood sauce, and lots of garlic, spring onions, green … Continue reading

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The real Thailand top 20

TAT Top 20 Things to do in Thailand

    Last summer, a friend gave me a booklet produced by Thailand’s tourist body listing its top 20 attractions the country had to offer – the ones no visitor to Thailand should miss. Amazing Thailand Top 20 Things to … Continue reading

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5 cookbooks from my shelf

  As I add another stunning cookbook to my collection, five recommendations for titles that should fill your shelves too. Call me superficial, but the initial attraction of most of these books was their pretty covers! It just so happens … Continue reading

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A whistlestop foodie tour of Banglamphu

Khao mok gai at Areesaa Rote Dee

    I’m bleating on about Banglamphu again, Bangkok’s backpacker-popular old-town district. As I mentioned in my recent post on getting away from here, its plentiful array of fantastic Thai street food actually give you ample reason to want to … Continue reading

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Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok

Wat Ratchabophit

    The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho – the same Buddhist temples get all the tourist glory when it comes to Bangkok. And while these are undoubtedly architecturally and religiously stunning temples worth the scores of visitors they … Continue reading

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Lose yourself in Phu Lang Ka

View from the back of the Bangkok - Chiang Mai sleeper train

    There isn’t a whole lot to do in Phu Lang Ka, it has to be said. This remote hilltop village in Phayao province is known more for its beautiful vistas than anything else – but those vistas are … Continue reading

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Cultivating a khao soi addiction

Khao soi at Khao Soi Khun Yai

    Thailand’s northern cultural capital of Chiang Mai has much to offer – stunning temples, mountain views, massage and language courses and a seemingly endless supply of coffee shops come local art galleries – but its biggest and best … Continue reading

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What’s the best way to get out of Banglamphu?

    It’s not just first-time-to-Thailand backpackers who stay in Banglamphu, and there is more to the area than Khaosan Road. Temples and other sights, great street food and a general feel of an older Bangkok are all reasons to … Continue reading

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Samut Songkhram – mud, mangroves and mysterious vegetables

Homestay-on-stilts in Samut Songkhram

    A few weeks back I was lucky enough to visit Samut Songkhram with my best Thai friend, her then-fiancé-now-husband and my boyfriend. Specifically, we were there to visit the Don Hoi Lot area that sits along the basin … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s Talat Rot Fai

Campers and old vans are the order of the day

    I love a good market, and so much the better if it is of hippy, alternative persuasion. Even better still if, despite being in the middle of Bangkok, it is practically tourist free and very much the real … Continue reading

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The Mae Klong train track market

Wongwian Yai railway station

    The very idea of Samut Songkhram’s railway market is so bizarre that some people simply refuse to believe it, assuming instead that it must be a prank created for YouTube. Mention the place to someone and chances are … Continue reading

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Prachuap Kiri Khan – beyond words

Prachuap Khiri Khan city, at once laid back and buzzing, hugs the coast of the Gulf of Thailand

Prachuap Kiri Khan town, an hour south of Hua Hin, is often considered as one of Thailand’s ‘next big things’ – and it’s easy to see why. Continue reading

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Thailand Highlights – Photo Essay

    Extended highlights from another amazing trip to Thailand. I really struggled to choose between all my shots, so there are quite a few to share – including total overkill on Sangkhlaburi’s wooden bridge, for which I apologise in … Continue reading

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Thailand’s Got Talent

    A very brief post because I just have to share this video clip with you, from Thailand’s Got Talent – the warmth and acceptance reminds me quite how much I love Thailand. I’ve got goosebumps right now. Thailand’s … Continue reading

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Spot the difference – what a hotel says and what it means

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    Compare these two pictures. One is from the D’Ma Hotel’s web site, showing a plush, pleasantly decorated room. The other is the reality, the hotel in the flesh; nowhere near the most grotesque I’ve had the misfortune of … Continue reading

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Asia’s calling (again)

    I write this post from around about 40,000 feet up in the sky. The last time I looked out of the window it was broad daylight – half an hour of My Family and an hour of Hustle … Continue reading

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Discovering Isaan

Khon Kaen Fresh Market, September 2010

    This post comes from high above the Thai skies, as I fly back from the second of my two-pronged first stab at the northeastern Isaan region. Having kicked off in the small provincial capital city of Chaiyaphum, I … Continue reading

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On Koh Pha Ngan

Ban Tai, Koh Pha Ngan, July 2010

    I remember returning home after my first trip to Thailand, and looking at an atlas to pick out the places I had been. Thinking I had been all over the country, I was a little disappointed to see … Continue reading

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Returning to Sangkhla

Sangkhlaburi, July 2010

    Three months had passed between my visits to Sangkhlaburi. I was last here in April and, returning at the start of July, the contrasts could not have been starker. The cool, dry season that was coming to an … Continue reading

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The highs and lows of Kanchanaburi

    For me, the best part of Kanchanaburi town is getting out of it. I admit it, I am a relatively difficult person to please and I am yet to be thoroughly convinced by this place. There are parts … Continue reading

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Kanchanaburi – a town with many faces

    I am finding Kanchanaburi difficult. I have been here before, but only for a few hours at most – a quick glimpse of the Death Railway, en route to Erawan waterfalls or transiting to Sangkhlaburi, further west. In … Continue reading

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An oasis in Bangkok

Lumpini Park, Bangkok

    Let’s face it, Bangkok doesn’t have a reputation for being a particularly green city. Undeniably, it has its positives as a city – the food, the shopping, the nightlife (though even that becomes questionable as to whether the … Continue reading

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World wide wonders

    A bit of a techie post from me for a change. You see, I’ve got a bit of a split personality. I am not only a person with a love of travel but also a languages student back … Continue reading

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Home-grown escargots

Snails

    As I write this, I am on the eve of harvesting my second batch of home-grown snails, ready to be cleaned and boiled and served up with heaps of tasty garlic butter à la France. What started out … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s troubles and an overreaction from the Foreign Office

    I’m glad I’m not the only one criticising the UK Foreign Office’s current travel advice for Thailand. This short and sweet blog post from Adrian Michaels at the Telegraph pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying for … Continue reading

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P Guesthouse, Sangkhlaburi: Thailand’s Wild West?

P Guesthouse

    P Guesthouse has easily the best views in Sangkhlaburi, no question. A deceptively sprawling complex, with restaurant terrace and its biggest and most expensive rooms at the top and a pathway through its grassy little gardens right down … Continue reading

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On Sangkhlaburi

Wooden Bridge at Sunset, Sangkhlaburi

    Over the past four days in Sangkhlaburi, I have thought time and again about how I would start this piece – where usually I might be stuck for a catchy, witty or insightful introduction, here they are aplenty, … Continue reading

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Sangkhlaburi: Photo Essay

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Sam Sen Sam Place: a gem in the heart of Banglamphu

Sam Sen Sam Place, Bangkok

For every run-down hovel of a Khaosan Road backpacker guest house, there’s an oasis of well-run, budget cleanliness nearby – Sam Sen Sam Place is one such example. Continue reading

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