• Try Samet

    October 25, 2005

    by Scott Coates The best beach, the best island, the best ocean. That seems to be the eternal quest for most visitors to Thailand. Just as one venue is deemed ‘tranquil’, ‘unspoiled’ and ‘paradise’ by the guidebooks, it seems a short time later people are talking about the good old days before the droves arrived and spoilt the destination’s once

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  • Mountain Ride

    October 20, 2005

    by Scott Coates Long had I been dreaming of a ride down the mountain range that is home to one of Thailand’s most spectacular views, Phu Chee Fah. Located 1380m above sea level, this sharp peak hangs over the Thai-Laos border in southeastern Chiang Rai province, providing stunning views of Laotian valleys. Early morning visitors in the cool season (Nov-March)

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  • The Hunt for the Gulf

    September 2, 2005

    by Todd Kuipers On January 9, 2546, Todd and Scott headed out bright and early after a harried night sleep to find a passage to the Gulf of Thailand. The sun was bright and spirits were high as we hit the pavement and got under way. The night before didn’t afford us much sleep as we anticipated the effort and

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  • Songkran

    April 1, 2005

    Songkran is without a doubt the number one festival in Thailand; an event locals look forward to all year long, much like westerners count the days until Christmas holidays. Officially from April 13th to April 15th, but running unofficially for up to a week in northern parts of the country, these three days represent the last day of the old

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  • The Spirit Festival of Dan Sai

    March 4, 2005

    by Daniel Fraser In late June a group of us friends from Bangkok made a 14-hour journey up to the remote northeast section of Thailand, known as Isaan. Our destination was the small town of Dan Sai located in Loei Province, where we would take part in one of the most interesting and unusual Thai festivals in the Kingdom, known

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