Author Archives: Sofie Ly


5 Quiet and Quaint Destinations in Southern Thailand

When the conversation falls on the south of Thailand, most travelers think of long sandy beaches on Phuket, cold sunset drinks on Koh Samui, or the dramatic limestone seascape in Krabi. What most visitors aren’t aware of, however, is that the Thailand’s tropical south is cultural melting pot with much more to offer. Hat Yai […]

7.Wang Nua Market, Lampang

8 of Northern Thailand’s Best Markets

Thailand has a propensity for marketplaces (called ‘talad‘ in Thai or ‘kad‘ in northern Thai). Every neighborhood has its own market where people buy fresh produce and household necessities, while markets in more popular destinations cater more to leisure shoppers and visitors. Here is a guide to the best markets in Northern Thailand to see, […]

A map of Koh Kret welcomes guests as soon as they step on to the island, highlighting points of interest.

Ko Kret: An island on the outskirts of Bangkok

Located in the Chao Phraya river just a few miles north of Bangkok lies Ko Kret, a tiny island in the river’s oxbow bend known for its pottery, desserts and distinct Mon culture. Only a few hundred people live on the island full time but during the weekends the population multiplies as Thais, local expats […]

Mang kaeng is a very pleasant looking creature that is common for Sakon Nakon province. The bug has a very distinct almost flowery smell and an earthy flavour. It is eaten as a snack or together with sticky rice and jaew.

Strange foods from Northeastern Thailand

Thailand’s regional foods are rich and diverse and generally speaking follows the season and what is available from the highly arable land. While it is the food in central Thailand — such as pad krapao, green curry, and perennial favorite pad thai — that has won hearts all over the world, the country’s northeast region, […]

The main building features beautiful hardwood furniture and colourful silks which complement the 125 year old house beautifully. (Due to tricky lighting issues I've borrowed these two images from the hotel website to really give the space justice!)

Hotel Review: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

Lacking the white sand beaches and seaside resort feel of some of Thailand’s more popular tourist destination, Chiang Mai has attracted tourists more due to its rich culture, Lanna heritage and the mountainous terrain that surround the city. Chiang Mai also has an interesting history as one of Southeast Asia’s key markets for the burgeoning […]


Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal

The Eastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok – located just off the Ekkamai BTS skytrain station – is one of the primary gateways to Thailand’s popular travel destinations on the eastern seaboard and the Cambodian border. Buses leave several times daily to Pattaya, Ban Phe (where the ferry leaves for Koh Samet), Trat and Laem Ngob […]

Bon Appétit – La Cuisine De Nathalie is another regular. The friendly Nathalie sells her home made jams, preservatives and pates that she has been perfecting over 7 years. I recommend you try the bean cassoulet.

Bangkok Farmers’ Market

One of the most enjoyable ways to get acquainted with a destination is undoubtedly through its food. Known the world over for its street food, Bangkok is also home to farmers’ markets, a relatively new concept to the Thai capital but one that has been embraced wholeheartedly by residents. For visitors to the city, the […]