Hua Hin – little Britain

Now this was a strange little place. We decided to stop off here for a few days on the way back to Bangkok. It’s known as one of the first Thai resorts, made popular by the royal family because it was an easy weekend getaway from Bangkok.  Nowadays it is still a weekend destination for…

Island Life – Koh Samui, Koh Phagnan and Koh Tao

We took the ferry from Langkawi to Satun, leaving Malaysia and returning to Thailand for the final time on this trip. Our destination for this part of the journey was Koh Samui, we made the decision to head north to Trang first instead of heading to Hatyai which is the more popular option. We reasoned…

Krabi – Ao Nang, Krabi Town and Ko Lanta

w We left Phuket by ferry from Phuket Town headed for Ao Nang, I’ll own up now and say that I actually booked the hotel thinking it was in Krabi Town, not realising that as it was in Krabi Province most of the hotel websites treat it as an outlying area of the main town….

Phuket – Sublime to the ridiculous 

We were looking forward to a restful time in Phuket following on from our whirlwind tour of India. We certainly got that, although Patong Beach was probably our first experience of a very un-Thailand like resort. It is very much an international beach destination and you could really be anywhere in the world. There were…

Koh Chang – elephants and beaches. 

After a fairly hectic few weeks in Vietnam and Chiang Mai we decided to head for the island of Koh Chang for a bit of relaxation.  Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and is about 6 hours on the bus and ferry from Bangkok. Unlike most well known Thai islands it is…

Chiang Mai – Temples, massages and Flying Gibbons

After flying back to Bangkok from Vietnam we headed straight to the train station for the sleeper to Chiang Mai. The sleeper was certainly an authentic Thai travel experience, we were actually really cold for the first time in ages because the air con was so effective and the 2 guys in the (seperate) bunks…

Hoi An – Lantern town

Despite the storms in Hue resulting in our street being turned into a canal the previous night, by morning the tide had gone out and we could catch our bus to Hoi An. The bus took about 4 hours and it was nice to spend it awake on the bus for a change and be…

Cooking with Poo!

It’s obviously an eye catching name but behind the light hearted nature of this there is a very serious undertaking. The classes are the more public face of what is essentially a co-operative enterprise. The classes are still run in the slum area where Poo has always lived, she employs people from the area not…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

One of the very noticeable elements of life in Bangkok is the obsession in cosmetics with skin colour. I obviously spend a lot of time around these counters picking up beauty tips! Whilst at home the obsession for many, both male and female, is with fake tans and other ways of producing a bronzed look,…

Ayutthaya- Ancient Capital 

Early start on this day trip, up at 6am ( we kept reminding ourselves that back in our  “real lives” we did this every day!). Picked up at the hotel and taken to Khao San Road where we were then decanted into our appropriate minivan for our trip. Khao San Road is backpacking ground zero…

Bangkok Palaces and Temples

We had a couple of false starts in trying to get to the Grand Palace. The first taxi driver wanted to take us on a tour first, so we got out, the second said taxis were not allowed near the site so we left him too and went back to the apartment to ask our…

Chatuchak Market and the MBK Center 

Chatuchak is Bangkok’s largest outdoor weekend market. Full of just about everything you could want including; food, clothes, furniture to name a few.  The market is like a rabbit warren of stalls interweaving from one section to the next.  Each group of items have their own section of the market to make it easier if…