Our studio kitchen

A Short-Term Apartment Rental with Roomorama in Chiangmai

A location independent professional finds a short-term rental on Roomorama and realises how affordable Chiangmai’s studio apartments can be.

The Buddha at Wat Maha Pruettharam Worawihan, supposedly from Sukhothai

The Reincarnated Capital: A History

Southeast Asian history is mostly the story of competing city-states like Bangkok and Ayutthaya, which are reincarnations, in their way, of one another, with the same karma.

A mostly Akha congregation sing a hymn at Mae Salong's Methodist church

A Sunday Service Among the Akha

In Mae Salong, a Chinese minister and his wife invited us to a Sunday service, attended mostly by the Akha, one of Thailand’s hill tribes.

Clockwise from top-left: LubD's Railway Sleeper, Double and Dormitory

Lub d Hostel Silom, Bangkok

An award-winning boutique hostel in Silom, Bangkok. Lub D is in the city’s most diverse neighbourhood and best suits people travelling alone.

Zhan Dening outside his family home in Mae Salong

China’s Forgotten Army

An interview with a veteran of China’s Forgotten Army in Mae Salong. Abandoned by Taiwan and adopted by Thailand, he fought for over 40 years.

The Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, dedicated to Brahma

A journey across the road

In his novel Travels with My Aunt, Graham Greene tells the story of a bookmaker who has spent his entire working life at a racetrack, [...]

Salakaewkoo Sculpture Park

Nong Khai’s exceptional sculpture park

Nong Khai is a place most people pass through briskly, on their way from Thailand into Laos. It is  modestly-sized, but the town’s infrastructure makes [...]

Thapae Gate Lodge, Chiangmai

Wooden Thai-style rooms Thapae Gate Lodge feels like a retreat from the buzz of tourism that fills this Chiangmai neighbourhood, with small, but beautifully decorated [...]

A villa room at Good Time Resort on Koh Mak

Good Time Resort, Koh Mak

A review of the accommodation at Good Time Resort on Koh Mak, Thailand’s quiet island. The resort is comfortable and well equipped, with large wooden villas perfect for a family and a small swimming pool, but is a short walk from both of the island’s beaches.

Dining car on the night train from Bangkok to the Laos border

Night Train to Nong Khai

A night train from Bangkok to Nong Khai, on the border of Laos, is an opportunity to indulge in fantasies of the East.

Thailand's Quiet Island

Thailand’s Quiet Island

Koh Mak is Thailand’s quiet island. In the Gulf of Thailand, near Koh Chang, it isn’t visited by the hordes of tourists that fly into Phuket and Phi Phi; you can relax, and listen to the sound of the water curling its way up the sand.

Holiday Beach Resort, Koh Mak

A hammock in paradise Around 80 percent of Holiday Beach Resort’s guests are return visitors – and we are two of them. Every beach house [...]


Songkran Festival in Bangkok

Songkran in Bangkok feels more like a monumental three day water fight than anything sacred…Futilely swinging my pistol in defence, we made our way to the road leading directly to Khaosan. Throngs of chalk-smeared people ran through the whitened streets; where it was too crowded to run, they edged forward, with nowhere to hide from the ceaseless ambushes.

A fish tank in Bangkok's Chinatown

A Letter from Thailand

The censor didn’t deliver the letter, and through every promotion and every move, he made sure that he received the 95 that followed – and that the businessman’s mother, who must have thought herself abandoned by an ungrateful son, received none of these letters from Thailand.

A Mughal tomb in Allahabad

Writer in Transit

I don’t have a single journal entry about my three months in India. I didn’t write anything about my time there, except for a post about the dancer that didn’t dance, in a Bombay beer bar. The scene – a slice out of a furtive, alternative reality, swallowed up in Mumbai’s underworld – spoke to me, forming sentences in my head. But those brief moments of inspiration stood alone.

Shin Sane Guesthouse, Mae Salong

A miserly minimalist’s dream Shin Sane guesthouse’s prices seemed almost too good to be true: a straight 50 baht per person, whether you stay in [...]

Gin’s Guesthouse, Chiang Saen

A garden in the Golden Triangle The large rooms in the main house at Gin’s have desks and fireplaces, but I doubt it ever gets [...]

New Siam II Guesthouse, Bangkok

Temptingly good value with a pool We checked into New Siam II on our way out of Bangkok. It stretched our budget a little too [...]


Sakul House, Bangkok

For many travellers, Khaosan Road is the heart of Bangkok. For others it is a tourist ghetto, best avoided. But there’s something multidimensional about the [...]