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Loved up Samui

Guest blogger Carmen Jenner explores the culinary and romantic attractions to be found in Koh Samui.

The night promises all the drama of a tropical storm as palm trees bow to the tumultuous weather gods holding court. Serene skies make way for the approaching monsoon season as the rain pounds sideways into Manathai Koh Samui’s restaurant Waterline. Everyone takes cover as the wait-staff prepare the restaurant for the impending deluge. Read More

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Songkran: why water is at the heart of Thai culture

Thailand developed as a nation along the banks of its mighty rivers. For centuries, the kingdom’s waterways have provided Thai people with their staple foods of rice and fish, fuelled by the abundant monsoon rains that have made the land fertile. It’s little wonder then, that so many local ceremonies and traditions are water-based. Read More

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Free-wheeling in Bangkok

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden finds there’s more to the Thai capital than temples and tuk-tuks on a Bangkok bike tour.

Imagine a bike-friendly city and you’ll probably think of, say, Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Not an Asian city, and definitely not Bangkok, that sprawling stopover of a capital inhabited by 12 million people and better known for tuk-tuks than bike trails. Read More

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Married in an Octopus’s Garden

Hug Thailand guest blogger and award-winning travel writer, Roderick Eime, follows the sometimes crazy wedding trail through Trang.

On the big wedding day, some people are happy to quickly run down to the registry office for a no-fuss event and maybe a few drinks afterwards. Others get married by Elvis in Las Vegas while some choose death-defying stunts like skydiving or perhaps a novel venue like a fast food outlet or a platform hoisted 50m into the air.

Here in Trang in Southern Thailand, couples come from all over the country and often from different countries to scuba dive to their ceremony beneath the waves. Read More

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Swimming with a naked Russian on Koh Chang

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden finds an unusual swimming companion on Koh Chang island.

I’m not quite sure what my first thought was on seeing the wiry, bearded man walking towards me along the beach that first morning. Sure, he looked normal enough, in his straw hat, shorts and T-shirt. But it was early (too early for the sunbathers that usually emerged after a late breakfast) and he seemed to be carrying a backpack (unlike your typical early-morning tourist out for some exercise before the heat became too intense). Read More

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Deep-water solo and sailing in Krabi

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden makes a splash while rock climbing in Krabi, southern Thailand.

“This is not cliff-jumping. We know the difference. We are climbers.” So says a sign outside a climbing school advertising “deep-water solo” trips in Tonsai, one of two beaches on Krabi’s Railay peninsula, the one where serious climbers hang out. I’m staying at the other, more touristy beach, Railay, where the distinction between cliff-jumping and deep-water soloing leaps right over my head – and inspires me to do a deep-water soloing day trip myself. Read More