Northeastern Thailand Itinerary – 2 Week Road Trip Through Off the Beaten Track Isaan

2018-09-24T15:46:30+00:00By |

This Northeastern Thailand itinerary takes you off the beaten track on a two-week journey through Thailand’s Isaan region. Khmer Empire temples, bucolic countryside, blisteringly hot food, travelling monks, and Thai cowboys: exploring the Isaan is like visiting no other region in Thailand. Since posting yesterday's chat with chef Chalee Kader of 100 Mahaseth restaurant in Bangkok, …

How To Eat Like Locals When You Travel

2018-12-17T18:05:02+00:00By |

How to eat like locals when you travel? There’s an abundance of advice out there: slurp soup from a street food stall, sample home-cooked food at a local home, savour creative cuisine at a secret supper club, or... eat fast food at KFC or McDonalds. Which advice should you follow? How To Eat Like Locals …

Asian Food Etiquette — Eating, Drinking and Dining Etiquette

2018-12-17T18:03:33+00:00By |

Asian food etiquette isn't rocket science. So why do so many travellers in Asia get it so wrong? So you don't become one of them, here's our guide to Asian food etiquette, whether you're eating on the street, drinking with local friends, or dining out. We all want to be welcomed when we travel — …

Asian Travel Etiquette — Greetings, Gestures and Good Manners

2018-12-17T18:04:06+00:00By |

Asian travel etiquette is not so complicated to understand, nor is it mysterious. Almost every Asian guidebook, travel website and those free little tourist magazines seem to have a section on etiquette — how you should greet people, how to conduct yourself, what’s considered good manners and what’s not, and what you should wear. Yet we’re …

Celebrating Songkran in Thailand – A Big Water Fight and Buddhist Festival

2018-12-17T17:23:06+00:00By |

Celebrating Songkran in Thailand means getting absolutely soaked. The traditional Theravāda Buddhist festival to mark Thai New Year has turned into one big water fight over the years. While you can still visit pagodas to observe rituals, you'll still need to prepared to get drenched. Celebrating Songkran in Thailand is fun for some, a nightmare for …

12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

2018-05-03T16:28:11+00:00By |

We spent a lot of time in 2011 in South East Asia. Based out of Bangkok for four months while researching a book and working on stories, we bounced across the region on assignments, around Thailand, along the Mekong, and to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It's since we left, while posting our Asian stories, that we’ve …

Photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple, Thailand

2018-05-11T15:05:25+00:00By |

Photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple in Thailand's Isaan region is a joy. Visiting the temple at dawn, when only the temple dogs are awake, is a sublime experience. When we visited a few months ago there had been overnight rain and the sky was quickly clearing. We took our time exploring and photographing the temple and we were there alone …

Exploring the Isaan – Road Tripping Thailand

2018-05-03T17:33:02+00:00By |

We love nothing more than doing a road trip and if we’re going to do a road trip anywhere in Thailand, our first choice will be exploring the Isaan, Thailand's most off-the-beaten-track region in the remote northeast of the country. A confession: I don’t drive. Well, I can drive and I have driven, but I don’t …

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

2018-05-09T13:46:13+00:00By |

Located in a lovely valley amid gently undulating hills, Dan Sai, in the Loie Province of Thailand's Isaan region, is a town of dilapidated wooden houses that is famous for Phi Ta Kon, a boisterous three-day rainmaking festival, also known as the Ghost Festival, which coincides with a grand merit-making event known as Boon Luang. At …

Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

2015-08-02T14:39:25+00:00By |

Just outside of Dan Sai, a diminutive town in the northwest of Thailand’s Isaan region, we stayed at PhuNaCome, a beautiful boutique resort set amid lush rolling hills typical of the countryside of the Loie province. From the balcony of the main sandstone building, where there’s a cosy sitting room and functional restaurant, there are …

Exploring the Isaan: the Lovely Backroads to Loie

2018-09-21T01:40:08+00:00By |

From Khon Kaen, where we explored gleaming gold temples, ambled about the town with an affable monk, strolled by the scenic lake, people-watched at the waterfront hipster market, and savoured the aromas of Isaan food sizzling away at the night markets, we drove in a north-westerly direction through the Loie province. We’d had a busy …

Footpath Feasting: Fiery Isaan Food at Khon Kaen Markets

2018-01-05T14:55:31+00:00By |

The fiery Isaan food at Khon Kaen markets and the spicy northeastern cuisine in general is a highlight of a visit to Thailand's Isaan region. So as the sun started to descend we made our way from the lakeside markets through the town centre, where the footpaths are crammed with food stalls, and the night markets were in …

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