Tagged: Thailand

Thailand during the mourning period

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13, 2016 after being the country’s king for over 70 years (making him the world’s longest serving head of state). He was extremely popular among Thai people and many don’t remember the time before him. The King had been in hospital for a while...

Bua Tong Waterfall north of Chiang Mai (using public transport)

Chiang Mai. The backpacker hub of Northern Thailand. You can tell by the number of flyers advertising dozens of activities outside of each of the dozens of hostels. Ziplining, elephant ____ (put your favorite elephant related activity here), rafting. You name it, they have it. I had a full day...

The food court at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok

I recently flew from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, by now the world’s largest low cost carrier airport. While you can get to many places for relatively little, you won’t be able to find a decently priced Thai (or any other cuisine) meal. There is however a very good food court,...

Finally made it to Koh Samui!

As some of the regular readers might know, I’ve researched just about every possible Friday evening to Sunday evening getaway flight combination out of Singapore – preferably with direct flights only. In Thailand, the only destinations that work are Bangkok, Phuket – and Koh Samui (and previously Pattaya but Air...

A weekend at the beach in Rayong

On Friday I wrote about my experiment to organize a taxi driver in Thai through Google Translate. My WhatsApp conversation seemed to have worked and there was a taxi driver waiting for me at U-Tapao Airport as arranged. U-Tapao Airport. Probably doesn’t ring a bell for most of you. In terms...

Experiment: Ordering a taxi in Thai with Google Translate

I’m off for a weekend in Thailand soon, this time off the beaten path apparently. After booking the hotel I enquired with them for a taxi for the transfer from the airport. No reply to three e-mails. Please cross your fingers that the hotel is actually still in business. After...

Singapore’s ethnic malls: Golden Mile Complex (Thailand)

Singapore’s ethnic malls: Penninsula Plaza (Myanmar) The Thai community in Singapore isn’t huge, especially when compared to other South-East Asian nations like the Philippines. But their social focal point is definitely worth a visit. Located on Beach Road, the Golden Mile Complex is where you want to be heading. There isn’t...

One-day island excursion around Ao Nang (Krabi)

One of the most-dos when in Krabi is the boat tour to the nearby islands. There are several ways to do it, depending on what tickles your fancy. Since we only had two days in Krabi, we opted for the most comfortable and efficient way – chartering a private boat....