Category Archives for Thailand


Things to Do with Kids in Chiang Mai

Coloured umbrellas in Bo Sang, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, might not have a beach to offer, but there are plenty of fab things to do with kids – even if you don’t get out into the hill country around it. Here are some of our favourite things for kids to do in Chiang Mai. Give an Elephant a Bath […]


10 Reasons to Visit Thailand – from Trailfinders

Thai beach with blue seas, sand and palm trees via John Lembo.

Looking for somewhere to escape the English winter? Trailfinders specialise in bespoke packages that allow you to discover your own private Thailand. Whether that’s an off-the-beaten track adventure in the Golden Triangle or discovering iconic Bangkok, Trailfinders recommend ten reasons to visit Thailand. BEACHES The Beach was filmed in Thailand – and small wonder. The […]


Travel Photo: Bamboo Umbrella Frames


Handcarved from bamboo, umbrella frames create an abstract pattern of light and shade in Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Travel Photo: Umbrellas, Bo Sang, Thailand

Umbrellas Bo Sang

Bo Sang, a village outside Chiang Mai, is the umbrella-making capital of Thailand.


Sign Language

One of my spawn’s many endearing qualities is that he generally, as here with his new friend Solène, looks as though butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. So you wouldn’t necessarily expect him to have created his own – hem! – innovative variations on the standard divers’ sign language. Now, as you’d expect in a […]


10 Lines that Say You're Being Hustled

Poster warning of "non-Thai pickpockets", Wat Pho, Bangkok

This rather charming warning sign comes from Wat Pho, Bangkok, home of a 50m reclining Buddha and, it would appear, a gang of light-fingered Playmobil people. Outside the nearby Royal Palace, however, the sign warns, succinctly and sweetly, “Beware of wily strangers.” And wily, to be honest, is the perfect word. For ten lines that […]


Into the Deep

Z in scuba gear exiting a boat with a giant stride.

Why learn to dive? Well… Scuba diving opens up an entire new world. There’s the fluid, graceful movement in three dimensions, moving up or down (quite literally) on a breath, turning any way you wish like a gymnast in zero gravity, powered only by your legs and fins. There’s the chance to explore the complex […]


Penguins in Bangkok

African penguins exploring their rocky home, behind glass at Siam Ocean World Aquarium, Bangkok Aquarium.

We didn’t come to Thailand for the penguins. But there’s something surreally magical about stepping out of 35 degrees of sweaty, humid heat and coming face to face with these little fellas. Nestled below the designer mecca of Siam Paragon, Siam Ocean World is the largest aquarium in South-East Asia. It takes the aquarium concept […]


Vertigo, Bangkok

city skyline of bangkok at night, seen from Vertigo, Bangkok.

This is the view from Vertigo, the aptly named, open-air bar which sits on the sixtieth floor above the Banyan Tree hotel, Bangkok. And I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend our last evening in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities than this. The neon-blue night ahead of us, expressways surging into […]


Zorb Balls and Sky Coasters

Z in lake with zorb (xorb) ball floating besides him. X-Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thinking of taking the kids to Thailand this year? One of the huge benefits of the general nervousness right now is the instant availability of fun of all kinds. With close to zero queues. Over the last couple of weeks, junior and I have enjoyed a championship minigolf course all to ourselves. We’ve had back-to-back […]