Relax, be romantic, eat, read books, swim, kayak and explore Emerald Cave

Sivalai Resort on Koh Mook

One of Southern Thailand’s lesser known and less traveled destinations is the island of Koh Mook, also spelled Koh Muk, off the coast of Trang Province which is south of Krabi but north of Hat Yai Province. Koh Mook has a few resorts but most are budget oriented and only operate from October to April. Whereas […]

Halong Bay Vietnam tour

Exploring Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi is a city with much to offer visitors. Tasty street food, beautiful architecture and some wonderful cultural attractions are all part of the city’s appeal. But if you haven’t been to Southeast Asia before, arriving in Hanoi for the first time can be a huge culture shock. Motorbikes buzz around in all directions and […]

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand

Rocket Festivals and Royal Ploughing Ceremonies Welcome the Rainy Season

Although some tourists are put off visiting Southeast Asia during the rainy season, it can still be a great time to visit the region. It’s also a crucial time of the year for rice farmers. So much so, that special ceremonies and festivals are held in May to encourage the rains and hope for a […]

Celebrating the New Year Water Festivals in Southeast Asia

Celebrating the New Year Water Festival in Southeast Asia

The middle of April is a time of celebration for a number of countries in Southeast Asia. The traditional New Year Water Festivals are a time to make merit, spend time with family and enjoy an extended holiday break. The water festivals are steeped in tradition with each country in Southeast Asia placing their own […]

red chillies for sale at a vegetable market in Bangkok, Thailand

Some Like it Hot: Fiery Food in Southeast Asia

It comes as a surprise to many people when they find out that chillies aren’t native to Southeast Asia. The chilli originates from South America and it was Portuguese traders who first introduced chillies into Southeast Asia during the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time, black pepper was used in Asian cooking, but the […]

scuba diving in Thailand

Scuba Diving in Thailand

Thailand is blessed with a wide range of dive sites making it an ideal destination for divers of all abilities. There are rewarding sites in the Gulf of Thailand including Koh Tao and Koh Samui which are well-suited to beginner divers and those looking to enjoy the sun and social scene. If you are serious […]