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Welcome to The World & His Tuk Tuk.

These are the tales collected from my six-plus year relationship with Southeast Asia, since I first landed in Bangkok in April 2008 for what was meant to be a brief travel flirt during a pre-university gap year.

Songthaew in Singburi

For four years I travelled here on countess occasions, spending a good part of each year across the region. Since July 2012 I have lived in Thailand, now as a freelance writer with a focus on slow travel and sinking yourself into a place from every angle.

My travels are injected with a healthy dose of obsession for good food – in fact, whether a destination boasts heats worth hunting out inevitably plays a part in my decision on whether to travel there, and researching what to chow down where represents a considerable chunk of my planning. Aside from filling a hole, true local cooking can bring immense pleasure, reveal heaps about an area’s culture and help cultivate an exchange through the common love of eating.

Ibrahim restaurant

In my writing I aim to showcase lesser-known sights, including low-key and down-to-earth food vendors run by hard-working families and individuals who don’t have the marketing budget of more touristed places – and yet invariably serve up far superior quality dishes. My writing also strives to be as accessible as possible, so that you can follow in my footsteps and recreate trips whether you are a tourist, traveller, medium-term expat or bona fide local. Most people travelling short-term don’t have access to their own transport, and yet mainstream travel writing often forgets that – it’s easier for the researcher to give the driving directions they used.

Equally, other outlets will tell you no more than to take a taxi because it’s the ‘easiest’ way. That may be true, but travelling isn’t always about ease – sometimes you have to make a little effort and put up with a bit of inconvenience to afford the impromptu chat you’ll get on a local songthaew truck but probably won’t get in the back of a cab. That’s why I include local transport options wherever possible. Whether by train, bus, tuk-tuk, boat, ferry, motorbike, minivan, share taxi, whatever, getting to that floating market the local way – just as you would if you went there twice a week for your groceries – is just as important a part of the experience as the destination itself (excuse the cliché, this time it’s true).

A taxi boat waiting off the Perhentian islands. Photo by Mike Villiger

My work extends beyond Thailand and across Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Vietnam and more – with new trips always on the horizon – along with snippets from shorter journeys through my native United Kingdom, mainland Europe and elsewhere. Catch my latest travels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join my newsletter for a regular helping of my latest finds.

Be it from the comfort of an armchair or on your phone while en route to somewhere I’ve covered, I hope this site can help infect you with the same love of food and travel that I’ve caught and have no desire to cure.

First time here? Take a look at some of the following posts to get you started: 

View from Mirror Mountain in Prachuap Kiri Khan, Thailand

MY MOST POPULAR POSTS

Prachuap Kiri Khan – beyond words

Eating your way around Krabi

Lose yourself in Phu Lang Ka

Feasting at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Samut Songkhram – mud, mangroves and mysterious vegetables

The Mae Klong train track market

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

MUST-SEES FOR A FIRST TRIP TO THAILAND

10 things to do before you leave Sangkhlaburi

Cultivating a khao soi addiction

All wrapped up: Ayutthaya’s infamous Wat Mahathat temple

We need to talk about Khao Sok

Must-visit: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

3 surprisingly good eats near Khaosan

How to get to Don Muang airport

Wat Ratchabophit

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THAILAND EXPATS (AND LOCALS!)

Bangkok by night: same city, different feeling

Wat Ratchabophit – an oasis in Bangkok

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

4 reasons not to skip Krabi town

Bang Nampheung – a floating market amidst Bangkok’s lungs

Koh Si Chang: An island retreat two hours from Bangkok

Is this Bangkok’s best gay bar?

Four scoops of mango comes pretty close to perfection

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE CITY EATS IN BANGKOK

Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Could this be Bangkok’s best somtum?

Bangkok’s best pad thai

Areesaa Rote Dee (coming soon)

Toney Restaurant: a taste of India in Bangkok

Nasi lemak at Old Town White Coffee.

MY FAVOURITE AND MOST POPULAR POSTS OUTSIDE THAILAND

Perhentian Islands: Malaysia’s hidden treasure

Scouring the seashore

Meat Liquor: 100% worth the hype (and the queue)

Malaysia: hunting out the best nasi lemak

Why Ramadan is the ultimate time to eat your way around Malaysia

Ao Prachuap

OPINION PIECES

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

The dilemma of Bangkok’s beggars

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