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THE “YUM” FACTOR: THAI FOOD FOR HEALTH NUTS

In Food, Guides, Thailand by Kirsty CoetzeeLeave a Comment

Due to all the hype around food in Thailand, there’s a general misperception that if you’re visiting the Land of Smiles, you’ll end up living on spicy curries, noodles, duck beak, raw pig’s blood, and various insects. Of course, if that’s what sails your boat, nobody’s going to stop you – certainly not in Thailand. But for those who are …

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THE HISTORY OF THE THAI PUPPET THEATRE

In Culture, Stories, Thailand by Maryrose RoqueLeave a Comment

Beautiful and intricate, but, at times, a bit creepy, the history and evolution of the Thai puppet theatre is quite interesting, with its rich stories performed through the movements of the puppeteers backstage. NANG YAI AND NANG TALUNG – IN 2D   Its most ancient version, the nang yai, involved the use of shadow puppets cut out from buffalo hide. …

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LGBT TRAVEL: WHERE, HOW AND WHY THAILAND’S DOING IT RIGHT

In Culture, Thailand by Hannah ChampionLeave a Comment

Thanks to the country’s generally welcoming, friendly, open attitude, Thailand has become somewhat of a haven for LGBT travel. There are a huge number of bars, clubs, hotels, and beaches that are gay-friendly so if you’re travelling to Thailand as a member of the LGBT community there’s no need to worry! However, it is worth noting that there are certain …

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THE SOLO LADIES’ GUIDE TO TRAVELING IN THAILAND

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If you’re thinking of heading to Thailand, aka the Land of Smiles, but are worried about solo female travel, fear not! On the whole, Thailand is a friendly, welcoming place for solo females to travel and there are plenty of resources to help allay your fears before setting off. Here we’ll talk through some common questions like “Is Thailand Safe?” …

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MOBILE-FRIENDLY: THE BEST APPS FOR BACKPACKERS

In Guides, Thailand by Maryrose RoqueLeave a Comment

Batman has his utility belt. You’ve got your fanny pack (bum bags to other native English speakers of the British English variety). Unfortunately, you are lacking his virtual assistant, Alfred, who takes care of his navigation and Intel. As a backpacker, you have got your trusty mobile and all your apps to get you through your trip through Thailand and …

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UNDER THE SEA: GETTING YOUR PADI IN KOH TAO

In Guides, Thailand by Hannah ChampionLeave a Comment

When it comes to deciding where in the world to scuba dive, Koh Tao has got to be high on your list. Why? Well, the first clue is in the name. Koh Tao, aka Turtle Island, is home to both hawksbill and green turtles along with loads of other marine wildlife. Hawksbills are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN …