Food Porn: Somtum Hoy Dong

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

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 […]

Eight varieties of somtum papaya salad you just HAVE to try

Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

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 […]

Food Porn: Gaeng Om Gob

Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

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, […]

Bangkok’s best pad thai

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

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 […]

Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

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 […]

Food Porn: Gaeng Hed

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

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.

Mae Klong: Guide

Day Trips, Evergreen, Markets, Temples, Thailand, Travel Guides

  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 […]

Food Porn: Namtok Moo

Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn

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!

Food Porn: Kanom Jeen Nam Prik

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

  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 […]

3 spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

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 Thai capital. Steve Café & Cuisine This cute spot on the banks of the Chao […]

Food Porn: Khao Mok Gai

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

  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 […]

Food Porn: Kanom Tuay

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

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 […]

Food Porn: Kung Che Nam Pla

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

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 […]

Food Porn: Prik Gaeng Pla Meuk

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

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 […]

Best of the Rest: Friday 11 January

Food, Photo Essays, Thailand, Vietnam

    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 you see something I should include next week, just tweet it with the hashtag #tuktuk. […]

5 cookbooks from my shelf

Cambodia, Evergreen, Food, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

  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 […]

A whistlestop foodie tour of Banglamphu

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

    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 […]

Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok

Bangkok, Evergreen, Temples, Thailand

    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 […]

Lose yourself in Phu Lang Ka

Evergreen, Phayao, Thailand

    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 […]

Cultivating a khao soi addiction

Chiang Mai, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

    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 […]

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

Bangkok, Evergreen, Thailand

    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 […]

Bangkok’s Talat Rot Fai

Bangkok, Markets, Thailand

    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 deal, an authentic slice of Thai shoppers’ paradise. So to say I was happy to […]

Thailand Highlights – Photo Essay

Photo Essays, Thailand

    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 advance (but it’s an impressive, and totally, photogenic, sight to behold).

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 Got Talent

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

Khon Kaen, Opinion, Thailand

    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 staying in, but really nothing special either – just your slightly below average budget Thai […]

Asia’s calling (again)

Malaysia, Thailand

    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 later and it’s pitch black; a bit of a surprise, but then it is now […]

Discovering Isaan

Chaiyaphum, Evergreen, Food, Khon Kaen, Thailand

    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 […]

On Koh Pha Ngan

Evergreen, Islands & Beaches, Surat Thani, Thailand

    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 […]

Returning to Sangkhla

Evergreen, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    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 […]

Kanchanaburi – a town with many faces

Evergreen, Kanchanaburi, Opinion, Thailand

    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 […]

An oasis in Bangkok

Bangkok, Evergreen, Thailand

    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 […]

World wide wonders

Opinion, Thailand

    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 home in the UK – and, more crucially for this post, I run my own […]

Home-grown escargots

Evergreen, Food, Foraging, Thailand

    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, […]

P Guesthouse, Sangkhlaburi: Thailand’s Wild West?

Evergreen, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    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 […]

On Sangkhlaburi

Evergreen, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    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 […]