Flat white at Graph Café coffee shop in Chiang Mai, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

The best coffee shops in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s de facto northern capital of Chiang Mai not only has incredible amounts of amazing Thai food, but it also has way more than its fair share of beautiful, design-led coffee shops that are both utterly Instagrammable and that serve up some seriously – and we mean seriously – good coffee. If you’re a wannabe […]

Central World shopping centre mall in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Adam Lai

Bangkok’s best shopping malls

Bangkok is a city of shoppers, and the Thai capital’s landscape is dominated by skyscrapers packed with some of the most impressive shopping malls in the region – and the world. Whatever you’re looking for in your quest for retail therapy, these are some of our favourite shopping centres in Bangkok. Make the most of […]

Talay Bua Daeng Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, Thailand - photo by Susornpol Joe Watanachote

Where to go in northeastern Thailand (Isaan)

Relatively few tourists venture to northeastern Thailand, the region known as Isaan that is the country’s rice bowl. That’s a shame, because provinces in Isaan have plenty to see, the region’s cuisine is one of Thailand’s most exciting (it’s the home of somtum papaya salad, after all!), and the overriding lack of tourists means you’re […]

A spirit house in Chiang Mai, Thailand - photo by VasenkaPhotography

Customs and habits that baffle first-time visitors to Thailand

Just like any country in the world, Thailand’s culture comes with its own set of customs and habits that can often be baffling to those encountering them for the first time. While those who live here or visit frequently quickly become accustomed to many of these behaviours, they can easily prove perplexing to the first-time […]

Ratchadamnoen Road Sunday night walking street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand - photo by Filipe Fortes

The best markets in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s northern capital of Chiang Mai offers more than mountains, temples, and cooking classes. Chiang Mai is also a great place to place in some serious retail therapy – while it might not have the multitude of night markets that Bangkok boasts, for a city of its size it does deliver a wide variety of […]

Kudeejeen, Bangkok, on the Diversity and Harmony walking tour - photo by Chris Wotton

Our favourite Bangkok neighbourhoods

Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis that, together with its suburban sister provinces, has a province of somewhere between 10 and 15 million people. It packs in plenty of treats for explorers, among them pockets of history, culture, greenery, and more. But even those who live here their whole lives can struggle to see all that […]

Suan Lum Ratchada night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchadaphisek

Suan Lum Ratchada: Bangkok’s golden night market returns

Ask a long-term Bangkok resident to name the city’s best or most famous night market ever, and chances are the first one to come to mind will be the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Once the biggest Bangkok night market, the Suan Lum Night Bazaar was a mammoth outdoor retail fest in the heart of downtown […]

Thai snacks - photo by Davidlohr Bueso

Our favourite Thai snacks

Thais are well known for constantly grazing throughout the day, rather than settling for three square meals as in many other cultures, especially in the west. As well as more substantial dishes, delicious snacks play a considerable part in the Thai diet – and these are some of our favourites. Kanom krok Hawked at markets […]

Fruit vendor in Thailand - photo by lynhdan

Nine of our favourite Thai fruits

Sure, it might be Thailand’s show-stopping curries, stir-fries and salads that get most of the glory, but the county also has countless varieties of delicious, exotic and healthy fruits that we practically live for. Some are well known, others much less so – whether you enjoy them in a fruit salad, blend them into a […]