In an area already packed with excellent southern Thai eateries, Roti Fatimah – inside the Paradise Park food court – is a stand-out.
Five great accommodation options in Krabi town – hotels, guest houses and resorts for every budget.
This restaurant will win no awards for its decades unchanged decor, but it excels in turning out well executed southern and central Thai classics.
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.
Opposite the Sultan Mosque and a skip from Arab Street, Al-Tasneem is the pick of a block of three Muslim restaurants if you’re after great deer murtabak.
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.
While thoughts of Malaysia may not always conjure up images of tropical beach hideaways, perhaps they should – east coast Malaysia holds a jewel in the white-sand beaches on the secluded and laid-back Perhentian islands.
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.
The little-known kuruma curry is the star of the show at a southern Thai restaurant in northern Bangkok.
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.
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.
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.
At a curry and rice stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown, the food is decent but not as impressive as the quirky surrounds.
Tucked away in a hidden but bustling corner of Bangkok, one man serves up authentic southern chicken and beef mataba pancakes in the capital.
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.
Stuffed murtabak pancakes are common in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, but where will you find one filled with rich and meaty deer?
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!
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.
Expique’s tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok gives a different take on the city – by attacking it at night.
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.
Conveniently located for the MRT and with a design accentuating its original design with modern retro touches, Singapore’s keenly priced Kam Leng Hotel should be high on your list.
This Malaysian breakfast staple is a favourite at traditional kopi tiam Chinese-style coffee shops – think rendang curry, coconut and pandan infused rice and plenty of crisp and crunchy accompaniments.
Heading to Singapore for the first time? Equip yourself with the crucial details to get the most out of your visit to the notoriously pricey southeast Asian city.
Bored of Borough? Need a new foodie market to spice up your life? With its warehouses-come-food-joints, gin distillery bar and killer French pastries, Maltby Street Market could well be your new best friend.
Heading to Ao Nang or Railay? You would have to be a fool to miss Krabi town itself – here’s why.
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.
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 city guide worth its salt and as a result has become a must-tick-off-the-list item for […]
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.
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.
Tucked away in a soi in Bangkok’s Little India, Toney Restaurant serves up authentic street food dishes right out of the subcontinent.
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.
Amazing food is everywhere when you travel – or at least it should be. Here are six of my most memorable meals from recent years.
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.
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 with a bog standard somtum thai, but instead from the fermented cockles that are packed […]
Serenity is within easy reach of Bangkok on the river island of Koh Kret. Here’s what to expect from a day trip there.
Make your own Thai stir fried chicken with holy basil at home with this easy recipe.
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.
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 from the Isaan region of northeast Thailand and undoubtedly the national dish beyond all national […]
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 the coast in Rayong. Yet it offers something unusual in an island destination; a rarely […]
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 up. It’s a herby soup from the northeast of Thailand loaded with dill (and chilli, […]
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 it the national dish. It’s not – in my view, that accolade easily goes to […]
Top nosh, check. Classy cocktails, check. But it’s the awesome service that makes a visit to London’s MEATliquor burger joint memorable.
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.
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 find Nuttaporn Ice Cream – which I’d been led to believe was close by to […]
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.
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.
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, an editorial in Thai Ways Magazine frustratingly dismisses the province, known locally as Mae Klong […]
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.
Pie and mash has been a traditional staple for Londoners for centuries – find out where to enjoy it at its best.
What’s the best way to get to the budget airlines at Don Muang airport in Bangkok? Take your pick – taxi, bus or train.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 – expect to pay around 30 baht for a regular eat-in portion. You can find […]
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 a rich blend of spices including cinnamon, turmeric and bay leaves. The meat, ideally on […]
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 and a tinge of green. Sugary and sweet, they hit the spot every time. I […]
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 green vegetables to soak up the burning heat of the chillies! I ate this delicious […]
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 – many just as stunning as those I did use in my post at the […]
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 – it is stir fried with red curry paste, a few vegetables and some kaffir lime […]
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.
If all of the skyscraper city action that Malaysia’s sprawling metropolis cities have to offer gets just a little too much, and you need to soothe those aching bones, what better way to do so than with a trip to one of the country’s leading and trend setting spas? From massages to manicures, […]
A world away from the bustle of the big city and yet just a few hours from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur lies Tioman Island, or Pulau Tioman in the Malay language. This small island makes the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday urban life. Stunning views are common currency […]
Like elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has more than its fair share of local markets – some low key, others less so. For lower prices, a great selection of goods and interaction with real locals in an authentic Malaysian atmosphere, this – rather than the admittedly impressive glossy skyscraper malls – is the […]
Rendang may be popular internationally, but if there is one dish that defines Malaysia for those who have visited, it is nasi lemak. This incredible dish, somewhat of a ‘tasting platter’ and a mix of tastes and textures from soft, fluffy white rice, through to hard-boiled egg, meaty chicken and crunchy nuts, is […]
Eastern Malaysia’s Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is worth a visit if you’re in search of a slower pace of life than you find in the nation’s other sprawling metropolises like Kuala Lumpur. Lying alongside the Sarawak River, it was originally known as Sarawak before becoming […]
There is no better way to discover a destination than to rub shoulders with the locals and get some retail therapy under your belt in the same way that they do – at their local markets. Like many places in southeast Asia, Malaysia boasts markets aplenty, selling everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, meats […]
Malaysia isn’t just about city skyscrapers and glistening white beaches – though it doesn’t sound as though it would be so bad if that were all it had to offer. But the nation’s expanses of luscious green countryside also plays host to plenty of spots to get out and take in some fresh […]
Malaysia’s national parks teem with wildlife, and whichever park you choose to visit you are bound to come across a whole host of critters large and small getting on with life in their natural habitat. Mostly, you do not even have to travel far from the nearest big city to get back to […]
Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands in the South China Sea, around ten miles off the northeastern coast of western Malaysia and just forty miles south of the border with neighbouring Thailand, offer that picture perfect image of paradise you may have dreamt about – endless stretches of fine white sand, clear blue sea and an […]
Malaysia’s impressive multicultural society means the country is forever playing host to different cultural festivals and celebrations. With many faiths living alongside each other, at any one time there is usually something – or more than one thing – to celebrate, and up and down the country there are numerous chances to see […]
In a country where the lights glimmer as brightly as those of Kuala Lumpur’s famed Petronas Towers, the only difficulty about finding somewhere to wine and dine is choosing from so many fabulous options. As a popular destination for both well heeled locals and foreign tourists, Malaysia caters well to those looking to […]
The sheer clash, collision and blend of cultures on the island of Penang, near Malaysia’s northern border with Thailand, make the food in this part of the country simply phenomenal. Here Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai influences come together to create something really rather special, and with Penang being an island, seafood […]
Historically known for its valuable tin mining industry during the time of the British Empire, Ipoh is probably better known today for its Hainanese chicken rice dish. That said the tin connection remains to this day – the name of western peninsular Malaysia’s Perak state, of which Ipoh is the state capital, means […]
Any popular destination in Malaysia offers more than enough to keep visitors entertained for days and make for an extended trip, and squeezing the best of a city into just 24 hours is no mean feat. Kuching is no exception, but if you have only a day to spare – and this in […]
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 is a worthy alternative, not entirely unheard of but off most tourist itineraries to enough […]
Street food across southeast Asia is well renowned for its quality, variety and low cost – and Malaysia is no exception to the rule. In the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, tasty street food abounds and eating on the street guarantees experiences – and flavours – you will struggle to get in the […]
There is very little in the way of adventure activities anywhere to match up to the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of white water rafting. And while Malaysia might not be your obvious choice of destination for this often extreme water sport, for both novices and seasoned pros the Selangor river – crucially, in easy reach […]
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 beans, cabbage leaves and coriander.
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 do in Thailand: 1. The Grand Palace – relish a regal and religious experience 2. […]
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 that what’s inside is pretty good, too. If you are looking to buy and fancy […]
Not all UK train ticket booking sites are created equal – find out how to pick the best one to suit your needs.
There are not many stereotypical ‘childhood memories’ used by writers that I can relate to, which is quite natural – not everyone is going to have had the same experiences as a kid.
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 stay. Here’s a (by no means exhaustive) rundown of my favourite places to grab a […]
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 attract, their popularity ironically draws away from them possessing the calming, meditative atmospheres that they […]
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 in themselves worth writing home about. Perched up in the hills on the provincial border […]
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 contribution must be its infamous local dish, khao soi. Khao soi is a brothy noodle […]
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 call the area home for a while – and all of this plus the location […]
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 of the Mae Klong river, and is famous for its salty mud banks that make […]
It is raining outside, heavily. Very heavily. We have done little really but travel for the last couple of days since leaving Bangkok, and now we are in Sihanoukville there is little to do because of the weather. So to say we are not having the best time is a bit of an […]
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 they will have seen or heard something about it, whether online, from a friend or […]
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.
With its beautiful cathedral, chateau and botanical gardens, there’s something very seductive about western France’s Angers.
This is a post that I meant to write just after I last flew with Ryanair from Nantes to East Midlands. It is, perhaps surprisingly, not a rant about Ryanair. It is instead a rant about the inconsistency of airport security checks, and in particular their approach to liquids and gels (or LAGs, […]
After my whinge last time, a reminder of one of the reasons why I do love living in France really:
From time to time I come to think that the French aren’t a very intelligent people. I am not one to stereotype, but here it is just too easy. Take today – after spending the afternoon battling for my sanity with vacant-headed pupils who don’t (or refuse to) understand the simplest of instructions, […]
Taking a trip to Trentmoult doesn’t make you feel as though you’re going very far. And in truth, you’re not – it’s just across the Loire from the centre of Nantes. A ten-minute ride on the ‘Navibus’ ferry (included in my monthly tram pass, which also gets me bus and train travel – bargain!) dumps […]
I am no longer a Paris virgin; the city of romance is the latest to be knocked off my ‘yet to get to’ list. In fact, while a month ago I had still not been, I’ve now already made two short visits. And, stereotypically, I have fallen in love with the place. Visit one […]
I am beginning to feel like St Pancras is my second home, such is the frequency with which I am seem to be travelling by train from Nantes to London of late. But there is one part of a Eurostar journey that is still very bizarre – the not knowing whether the woman […]
‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ So I was reminded by a friend last night as we caught up on six and a half months of gossip, not having seen each other since June last year, over a couple of glasses of wine too many. Never has this saying meant more to me […]
Dear oh interested one, I write from the battlefield of several personal and professional crises. Hapless ex-employees, broken cash cards, impossible-to-access bank accounts; I have been afflicted by all of these and more over the past few weeks. But it isn’t these problems themselves which bother me – it’s the fact that, everywhere […]
About time for some more thoughts on the French, now I’ve been here five weeks. First up, pee. Yes, pee. What is it about the French that makes them think it is okay to pee up walls, into shrubs and so on? I can forgive the occasional widdle at the side of the […]
The French must have some of the silliest opening hours in the world. I’ve just got back from an attempted trip to do some washing, having watched the clothes pile up for weeks – I must have more clothes than I think, because it’s the first load I’ve done in my three and […]
I did try to get to work this morning, honestly. Not like yesterday, when strike-caused disruption to the buses was in truth only part of the reason I got to school more than half an hour late (the other half being the fact that I couldn’t quite pull myself out of bed on […]
It’s been a funny couple of weeks since I arrived in Nantes. Having extended my stay in Thailand, I had arrived back in the UK with only a week before I needed to leave again – meaning that, by the time I went, I was still reeling from having left behind my beloved […]
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 am now on my way back to Bangkok from Khon Kaen. Khon Kaen was one […]
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 that, in fact, the places I had visited were all within rather close proximity to […]
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 end then was now well and truly gone, the crisp brown roadside growth now a […]
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 of it that I like, and after just over a week here I have my […]
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 fact, it was only yesterday as I wandered aimlessly around the Bridge over the Kwai […]
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 negatives outweigh the positives) – but if there is one image that lingers of Bangkok […]
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 more than anything as an amusing way to gross out a few easily shocked friends, […]
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 the last few days; that their change of travel guidance to advise against ‘all but […]
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 to a wooden jetty on the lake itself, the place has a somewhat Flinstones-like feel […]
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, such is the power of this place to really affect you, and to have you […]
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.
As I walked home on Friday evening, a strange thing happened. I stopped, as I often do, to take a photo or two as I walked down the steep hill from the University’s campus – struck by an especially pretty skyline over Bath’s city centre, the Abbey’s side gently illuminated and a million […]
So, I’ve done it. I’ve made my first capital city stop in Berlin and, in the process, fallen utterly in love with the place. Berlin is a strange one, to be honest. It’s by no means a pretty city – sure, there are gorgeous buildings scattered here and there, but it’s difficult to […]
Two things strike me as I begin to get more and more excited about heading off to Berlin next week. I’ve not been to Europe since 2002 and, more shockingly, I’ve never been to another European capital city.