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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best diving on Phi Phi

Best diving on Phi Phi Manta Ray

The Best diving on Phi Phi Thailand is a relative idea as what is good for one is not always the same of another. Some people want to see large whale shark, others delight in the minutiae. Phi Phi Island is blessed with some of Thailand's best Dive sites and as an experience is probably the best location. The pier is only 5  minutes from the first dive site which is Hin Dot, a pinnacle in 30 meters of water at the end of Tonsai Bay and under the Tonsai Cliffs.

The best diving on Phi Phi is on a day with strong sun, excellent visibility, good friends, good companions on the dive trip, a good dive boat and the luck to see something you haven’t seen before. On top of that you can choose from one of Phi Phi Island's best dive sites and you can experience a top class adventure. To read the rest of the article please click  Best diving on Phi Phi.

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For a further overview of the in's and out's of diving on Phi Phi, both at sea on the dive sites and on land at the dive schools, head to the Phi Phi diving article page which has over 50 articles

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa reviews

Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa reviews infinity pool
As you come over the Khatu pass connecting Patong Beach to the rest of Phuket, you get your first experience of one of Thailand's top travel destinations. Patong town sits centred in between the towering mountains of the Patong Highlands and is bordered by the warm and enchanting Indian Ocean. Though Patong is a large town the lucky Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa is beachfront with nothing in between it and the glorious and daily sunsets.

If you are coming to Patong on Phuket you would do well to check out this resort as it has position quality and one key quirk that makes it one of the best value 4 star resorts in Phuket Thailand. Here is the introduction to the main article that explains all you need to know.

Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa enjoys the reputation of a good hotel on the Patong Beachfront Road with pool views stretching out over the Indian Ocean. The resort is close enough to the centre of Patong to be a 15 minute stroll along the beach but not to close to be surrounded by any nightlife. To read the rest make sure you click on Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa reviews

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thai Food in Thailand

Thai Food in Thailand.
Thai food is an amazing variety of tastes, textures, traditions and colours. To be Thai is to eat Thai food. I have not come across a people so in love with their own cuisine. I believe it is one of the reasons why Thai people find it difficult to travel when the new country has little of their home food available.

The 4 main regions of Thailand, Bangkok, the North the North east and and the South all have their Thai food specialities. I lived in the south for 17 years and so if this isn't a complete list it is because my knowledge is biased to that region.

Thai curries
Thai curries vary by colour! Red curry is a strong hot curry from a red chili paste and has lighter variants like the Nam Prik pau that is sweeter and works well with shell fish. The famous and popular Green curry is quite sweet and uses green tomatoes and green pea like bean that pops in your mouth when you bite through it. The Yellow curry is the mildest and has a madras flavour to it. This versatile curry is good with all the meats, fish and shellfish. Jungle curry is a particularly spicy and dark food that has exceptionally strong tastes and uncommon local vegetables in it.

Thai Food in Thailand Curries with Green Curry in the foreground

Thai SoupThe Tom Yum soup is the iconic dish of Thailand that blends a chicken broth, mushroom, chili and lemon flavour and is served with rice. It creates a refreshing and light dish that is highly popular with tourists. Tom Ka Khai soup is a light coconut and chicken broth soup popular with children. This chicken dish is another favourite amongst travellers as it is an interesting taste without the strong chili tastes. Geng Liang is a light soup with a vegetable broth base and an egg which is supposed to be good for women during pregnancy.

Thai Food in Thailand Tom Yum

Monday, May 28, 2012

Phuket Hash House Harriers

Phuket Hash House Harriers the walk

'Down downs', 'circles', 'paper', the songs, Phuket Hash House Harriers is the expat informal gathering for people on Phuket island, Thailand. Based on the idea that you should really have a bit of exercise before you have a drink in the afternoon, the hashers run around in a large circular route laid and organised by the days 'hare'. The hare will lay the paper in a way that will trick the front runners (who are held in low esteem by those of experience and age) into false trails and help the walkers bring up the rear in an attempt to bring them back to the 'lager' (the starting point) all at the same time.

Phuket Hash House Harriers the circle

From then on in it descends into drink, fines or alleged fines for offences to the hashing code. This is based on the principle that you shouldn't try, you shouldn't be an idiot and you should be able to take your ale. The rules are simple; there are no rules, get on with it. If this kind of chaos/ random appeals read on.

Phuket Hash House Harriers is part running, part drinking group of people that brings together a glorious miss-match of personalities 7 times a month. On a Hash House Harriers day you meet up and are then called together and introduced by the Grand Master to the 'hare' of the day and then set off to follow the paper.. To read more go to Phuket Hash House Harriers.

Phuket Hash House Harriers the crossing

Friday, May 25, 2012

Koh Phi Phi sharks

Koh Phi Phi sharks Whale shark
When you see a picture of a Whale shark and understand that it is as long as a London Bus you realise that this is one of the worlds great living creatures. The whale shark appears around Phi Phi during the peak season and often for a couple of months after that. There are regular sightings but the occasional diver might need to be lucky or choose the right dive site.

The Black Tip Reef Shark is relatively common around Phi Phi with many sightings on Long beach where there is a great shark watch tour for snorkelers. They are also seen in Loh Samah and behind the Viking cave on the west coast. If you have time and the energy they are atso found up at Mosquito island in the far north of the islands.

The Leopard shark are seen at depth by divers off Phi Phi Ley and the Bida islands. Eating only crab and shell fish their mouth is designed for crushing through shell and rock. The shark are docile and glide a way from the diver if disturbed

Koh Phi Phi sharks are a big draw to anyone interested in diving, snorkeling or swimming the sea or coral reefs. They are also the stuff of fear and phobias so the whale shark, leopard shark and black tip reef shark stir the imagination of many who come to the islands. To finish off this article please read Koh Phi Phi sharks

Koh Phi Phi sharks Black Tip Reef Shark near snorkeler

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Koh Phi Phi Krabi

Koh Phi Phi Krabi

In a small variation and in addition to the work I have done on this Thai Travel Blog I am now introducing readers to work done on the websites I work for and start with a review of Koh Phi Phi Krabi on

It explains the best of Phi Phi and what makes it such a famous including the Movie 'The Beach', the diving and the dive sites.

It also explains why Phi Phi accommodation is mostly centred around the main village and why the 4 and 5 star luxury resorts are at Laem Tong and Loh Bagoa.

Finally it points to the best beach bars on Loh Dalum.

The latest review starts; 'Koh Phi Phi Krabi remains in visitors thoughts long after they leave. The Islands of Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Bamboo Island National Park , Mosquito Island and the diving outcrops of Bida Nai and Bida Nok inspire memories of cliffs, coral, jungle, beach and a lot more.'

To read the rest please go to  Koh Phi Phi Krabi .

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Backpacking in Thailand

Maya Bay Koh Phi Phi

Backpacking is Thailand is a subject very dear to my heart as backpacking was very much how I gained my foothold within the travel industry. Before I came to Thailand I was a trekking guide in Nepal. My first backpacking trip to the land of the smiles was in 1992 and was offered as part payment for the group I had lead by my, not too flush for money, trekking company.

Bed and Breakfast Tibet style 1987.. er halcyon days?

On top of bus in Nepal