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Hidden Gems of the North: Nan and Phrae

Guest blogger John Borthwick recently travelled north to explore a pair of hidden gems; two historic Thai towns.

“Nan and Phrae — where are they?” It’s a common response when you mention these historic, north Thailand towns. They might be off the major tourist trail but they’re still easily found: just head 560 kilometres up the highway from Bangkok and you’re in Phrae. Take a break there, and then roll 130 km further northeast to Nan. Read More

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Camping in Thailand’s hidden gem: Koh Laoliang

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden tries “sea camping” on Thailand’s last island paradise.

You’ve probably never heard of Koh Laoliang. I hadn’t either, until a fellow traveller recommended it to me as an idyllic place to spend a few days camping in Thailand. It’s The Beach, he’d said, minus the hand-drawn map, the suicidal Scot, the despotic Tilda Swinton and, as I would soon discover, the hordes of sun-seeking day-trippers who daily descend on Koh Phi Phi (in neighbouring Krabi province), where the movie was shot. Read More

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Koh Kret, Thailand’s unknown island

Koh Kret is a hidden gem that many international guests will not have heard of, although it is in fact the closest island to Bangkok. Travel writer Gary Walsh went exploring there recently.

Koh Kret is by no means your typical Thai island. There are no beaches, no elephant rides, no nightclub areas, and no full moon parties. And unlike Phuket or Koh Samui there’s no instant name recognition. So where is Koh Kret?

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Koh Phayam – still like Koh Samui in the 70s?

Travel writer Ian Neubauer revisits and old love, Koh Phayam, and discovers while quite a lot has changed over ten years, it’s original charm remains. 

Ten years have passed since I first encountered Koh Phayam. After seeing it described in a brochure I found lying on a table in a cafe in Bangkok’s Khaosan Road as “Like Koh Samui in the ’70s,” I bought a ticket to go. And stayed for six months. This small kangaroo-shaped island on Thailand’s Andaman Coast attracted me not for what it had – the real lure was what it came without.

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10 things to do when it rains in Phuket

Travel blogger Holly O’Sullivan learned the hard way that you can’t always rely on non-stop sunshine when you’re travelling, and on a recent visit to Phuket, despite the rain, she was determined to enjoy herself.

It was raining the day I arrived in Phuket but I made it my mission not to let it stop me from enjoying my trip. Read More

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Thainess(ence) discovered in Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat

Aussies have always loved Thailand but with new destinations and attractions there is even more to enjoy and explore, as Traveltalk magazine’s Jenny Rowland recently discovered.

This year, Tourism Thailand is urging travellers to look beyond the standard beach and partying delights and to delve a little deeper into the true essence of Thailand. Namely, the rich history and culture, ancient traditions, wonderful hospitality and the ubiquitous smiling Thai welcome.

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