Travel tips

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

People who have recently visited the foodcourt in Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar might have noticed a change in the entertainment program. Since August 2012 a relatively new artist called Bua Ban, which translates as Blossoming Lotus, is stealing the show. Bua Ban (Real name: Witchapon Wongtong), aged 22, has a mixed program of stand-up comedy and [...]

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Welcome to the pagan Walhalla,  welcome to Thailand! Men are enjoying their days on the beach, drinking beer and having sex with any local they can get their hands on, whenever they feel like. Eventhough the stereotype of sextourism and sexpats in connection to the beautiful country persists, it is far from a catch-all phrase for [...]

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Here’s how to fix a breakfast in the comfort of your own room Stuff needed from left to right: Prerequisites (Immersion) water boiler After a run to the shop Knife, fork or spoon (7/11) A Bowl* (7/11) Microwave proof plastic bag (7/11) Sauce/pepper/salt (7/11) Sausage (7/11) or any other things you like in the mix Eggs [...]

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

A three way plug commonly available in Thailand Any self-reliant person will usually consider the possibility to fix minor problems in and around the house themselves first. Once on holiday however this idea seems alien. Besides the fact that during this time one isn’t supposed to work at all, it’s a perfect opportunity to exercise [...]

Culture & history vs Action: 0-1

Culture & history vs Action: 0-1

Is the atractiveness of the temples of Angkor in decline? Covering at least 1000 square kilometer (390 sq mi), Angkor was by far the largest preindustrial city known to man. The sheer size and beauty of what is left of Angkor’s estimated 1000+ temples at the city’s core have puzzled foreign travelers as far back as the 16th century. [...]

Hotel survival part V: Laundry

Hotel survival part V: Laundry

With temperatures over 30 °C / 86 °F, like we have here, at the end of the day not everything you wore that day will smell that fresh anymore. Not only will it save you money, in some cases one would prefer to wash smaller items like underwear or T-shirts by hand rather than give it to [...]

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

This week at 4:00 am monday morning a New Zealand tourist at Kata beach, Phuket saw his bank card swallowed by an ATM machine after he entered a wrong PIN code for the third time. He had to check out from his hotel and catch his flight, but he was left without the money he [...]

Thai rocket festivals

Thai rocket festivals

In Thailand, Yasothon province is famous for it’s rocket festivals. Festivities will be held each year from May 11th till 15th. The tradition goes that rockets will help to kick off the rainy season needed for the farmers. The festivals are not restricted to Yasothon only. In neighbouring province Roi Et, villages organize their own festivities. [...]

Hotel survival part IV: Gyoza dumplings and Bánh bao bread

Hotel survival part IV: Gyoza dumplings and Bánh bao bread

Here are some more examples of indoor hotel cooking: Heat up gyoza dumplings Steam Bánh bao bread For more hotel survival see:Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + MuffinsHotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot

Hotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot

Hotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot

Hotpot is a beloved dish in Thailand, China and the rest of S-E Asia. Basically it’s a bouillon brew in which one can cook almost anything.Since we usually eat out, it is a real ‘luxery’ to cook indoors.Hence our efforts to see if it would be possible to enjoy hotpot in the confort of our [...]