Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train – best train times to see some of the highlights of Thailand

The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a great way to travel between the two cities, but depending on your travels it’s not always the best way. With some planning by picking the right trains you can save money and see some of the highlights of Thailand. Bangkok to Chiang Mai – train, bus, […]

Pattaya – The beach of Bangkok, and thoughts on retirement

I’m usually immune to click-bait listicles, especially when they just arbitrarily rank cities. One list that I will always stop to read though is Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index. For the 2018 list Bangkok was number one again, which was not a surprise. What was a surprise was to see Pattaya checking in at #18. […]

View Bangkok from the King Power MahaNakhon Tower

King Power MahaNakhon is one of the most visually distinctive buildings in Southeast Asia. Up close it looks like a jumbled mess with pieces of the building missing. From a distance though it all makes sense. The missing pieces resemble pixels that are spiralling around the building. The building was completed in December 2016, and […]

The remote mountain magic of Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is in the far northwest of Thailand. So far northwest that it’s just a few kilometres from the Myanmar border. There’s no way to get to Myanmar from here, and it’s not on the way to anywhere. It is though on the way through to somewhere via the Mae Hong Son Loop. […]

Pai – The Shire of Thailand

Pai is in the mountainous northwest of Thailand, about 140KM from Chiang Mai. As a frequent visitor to Chiang Mai I’ve heard all about Pai, yet I had never been. I can trace my reluctance to visit down to the arduous road journey by minivan, and by hippies. On one of my early visits to […]

Chiang Mai trip report – the provincial powerhouse of Southeast Asia

Every time I return to Chiang Mai (which has been often) I marvel at how hard this inland provincial city punches above its weight. After thinking about this I looked at a map of Asia, and I can’t think of a non-capital city (and not a port/coastal city) that has as much to offer as […]

Hotel Review: Nantra Ekamai Hotel, Bangkok – Thailand

Hotel Name: Nantra Ekamai Hotel Address: 9/14 Soi Sukhumvit 63 (Ekamai), Bangkok, Thailand. I stayed at the Nantra Ekamai Hotel in Bangkok. I booked it online for its location in Ekamai, which I have listed as one of my preferred areas to stay in Bangkok. Ekamai is about as far east as I like to […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Zing, Pattaya – Thailand

Hotel Name: Hotel Zing Address: 192 Thap Phraya Road Soi 7, Phra Tamnak Hill, Pattaya, Thailand. I stayed at the Hotel Zing in Pattaya. I was already in Pattaya and when I arrived I discovered that the hotel I booked had closed down. I went to a cafe to look for a last minute booking, […]

Hotel Review: Sarnn Sukhumvit 28, Bangkok – Thailand

Hotel Name: Sarnn Sukhumvit 28 Address: 8/4 Sukhumvit Soi 28, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand. I stayed at the Sarnn Sukhumvit 28 in Bangkok. I booked it online for its price and location on Sukhumvit Road, which is one of my preferred areas to stay in Bangkok. It’s a five minute walk from Phrom Phong BTS station, […]

Guesthouse Review: Wa Lai House, Chiang Mai – Thailand

Guesthouse Name: Wa Lai House Address: 13 Soi 3 Santisuk Road, Huay Kaew, Chiang Mai, Thailand. I stayed at the Wa Lai House in Chiang Mai. I picked it for its location in the Santitham area. This is one of my favourite areas in Chiang Mai, and a good place to stay for seasoned visitors. […]