Both Thailand and Cambodia have Kings, and in both cases, particularly in Thailand, the King is extremely highly respected. It is not considered to be acceptable behaviour to make jokes or ridicule the monarchy. In both countries there are serious lesse-majeste laws, and while they are rearely used, they are on the books. Making light of the Royals in the same way that people may, for example, tell jokes about the English Royal Family, are an absolute no no. If you have questions about the Royals, you should always enquire in a polite manner, and as rumours do abound, you may receive some pretty interesting answers!
A little bit of paranoia goes a long way — and while we’re not suggesting you spend your entire trip convinced that everyone you meet is trying to con you, we would suggest that a small dose of paranoia can be a handy asset on your travels — particularly if you’re travelling alone. In the vast majority of cases it comes down to using your common sense and making sure that you’re not leaving yourself in a situation that another can take advantage of.
The best way to get a good place to stay on Ko Pha Ngan is to get there early. By early we mean 4-5 days before the party – not a day or two. This will give you time to find a flophouse to crash in and then spend time triping around Haad Rin and or the island to find the place you want. Remember ALL beaches on the island will organise transport to get to the party – you do not have to stay on Haad Rin to party – in fact an increasing number of people trip over from Samui just for the night. Also, remember a LOT of people leave before the party (a great idea in our opinion!) Continue reading
One of the most common questions you hear from people planning a trip to Indochina and Thailand is “When is the best time to go?” and probably the most appropriate answer is “Well, it depends.” While all the countries have a definite high, shoulder and low season, there is really never a “bad” time to go, and for those who hanker for empty beaches and low numbers of tourists, off-season can be a great choice.
The smart people over at Lonely Planet have added a new feature to their site called Bluelist — sort of a site of recommended lists. To quote their own propaganda:
To Bluelist something is the travel equivalent of ‘you should see my guy, he’s the best’. It’s the act of recommending a travel experience. Any travel experience.
While it is still in a testing phase, take a look and add your own lists…something like Top 10 Travel Websites perhaps
Pretty much across the board nudity in public is a no-no in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Those seeking nude beaches like those that exist in the West will be disappointed. Locals in all the countries concerned find public nudity unacceptable — a striking contrast to what is deemed acceptable in the go-go bars and such that exist — particularly in Thailand.
We’ve just received and are currently editing revised content for Ko Phi Phi. There is a delay on the new accommodation pics, but the text content should be updated by this time tomorrow, hopefully in time for your trip down there.
Running late for a flight down under — we’ll get that Phi Phi content online for you Thursday from the war-torn beaches of sunny Sydney!
Money makes the world go round, and if you’re careful with it it will take you a good distance round the world as well. Here are some suggestions on how to both protect your money and make it go that little bit further.
Ah the traveller’s romance… the fine white sand squeeking through the toes … the turquoise water … the swaying palms … that just right but not well done tan … that first evening when you decided to share a sarong while you watched the sunset … those slippery cool local rums running down your throat … the great tunes … just that perfect vibe …
Travelling with kids can be an unforgetable experience both for the parents and the kids — an exciting adventure full of wonderful memories — or a complete debacle with the parents in dire need of a kidless vacation (or therapy) straight afterwards. Much of the secret to getting the first result rather than the second is down to careful planning and being better organised than you may have once been as a kid-free traveller.