Taste of Thailand*

When people mention Thailand, food is often one of the first things that springs to mind. A huge mixing pot of flavours, Bangkok is filled with almost every kind of food imaginable; Ice-cream, fruit, grilled meats, soup, pastry, pudding, noodles and rice dishes to go, the streets of Bangkok have it all. But sometimes having […]

Khao Tao

During a recent trip to Hua Hin, S and I found ourselves lacking plans for the day. We had already explored the local markets and attractions and were unsure what, or where, to explore next.     Lacking inspiration we decided to jump in the car and see where the road took us, and that […]


Opening just last month, McMahon’s Kitchen and Dessert Bar is the new kid on the block, but with its crisp decor and artfully presented dishes, it has already earned its place in the slice of ‘foodie’ heaven known as Thong Lor, and I was lucky enough to go there to ring in the new year. […]

An Expat Christmas

Snuggled in my duvet on Christmas Eve I could feel the anticipation brewing deep inside me. However unlike previous years, this wasn’t anticipation of the Christmas celebrations chaos that would soon begin, but rather the dread that it was 3am and the ring of my alarm was looming in the near future.       It […]

The Grand Palace

When people think of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is one of the first places that springs to mind.     The Grand Palace has served as the official residence for the Kings of Siam since 1872, where the King, his court and the royal government were all based until 1925. Nowadays, whilst it is still used […]

Why I Chose Thailand*

As I sat around the table with friends, sipping hot chocolate, one of them turned to me and asked, “If you could travel only one country, which would it be?” It was a difficult question, and one that I hadn’t considered before, but the more I thought about it the clearer the answer became. Whilst others […]

Monkey Mountain, Hua Hin

Monkey Mountain in Hua Hin is the place to go if you like mountains, monkeys and nice views. Otherwise known as Chopstick Hill, Monkey Mountain is located on Khao Takiab beach and is home to both the Wat Khao Lad temple, and hundreds (if not thousands) of these little cuties. I don’t know if it’s […]

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong is a festival that takes place annually in Thailand.     It is celebrated in the evening of the full moon, on the 12th month, in the Thai lunar calendar, which for us Westerners is usually mid-November. Directly translated it means floating crown, which is quite literally what it is.         […]

Hyde & Seek

  Burgers are a wonderful thing. Soft breaded goodness surrounding meaty patties, designed so that every bite gets a mouthful of flavour. They are a thing of beauty. Unfortunately some burgers are goddamn awful, and during my last 8 months in Bangkok I think I may have tried them all. However I have recently found a place […]

Coconut Icecream

Coconut ice-cream is one of my favourite street foods, sold by vendors with push along carts, it is commonly sold in Bangkok.   First the coconut is cut open     Then the inside meat is scooped out for ease of eating       Then deliciously creamy, incredibly flavoursome coconut ice-cream is placed inside […]

TESOL Qualification

  Living in Thailand was something I, like many others, had dreamed about. So three months after landing in Bangkok, settled and ready to live my new expat life, I was curious as to why it did not feel like all my dreams had come true.   It took a while before I realised it was because I wasn’t […]

Kanchanaburi Waterfall

Located 100 kilometres north west from Kanchanaburi town, is Sai Yok National Park. A place filled with beauty, nature and a place that I recently went to explore.   Sai Yok is home to animals, mountains and caves, but the reason, I (and many others) travel there, is to see the waterfalls.   Waterfalls are […]

The Golden Mount

The Golden Mount, otherwise known as Wat Saket, is a Buddhist temple that dates back to the Ayutthaya era. Up until Bangkok became the capital it was known as Wat Srakae, however when King Rama I renovated the temple its new name was born.     As you walk into the grounds you are greeted with an […]

Tapas Cafe

Thailand is great for food. It’s delicious, spicy, cheap and often.. surprising Not only that, but it is also highly accessible, with restaurants, stalls and pop up stands everywhere you look, filling the streets with aromas that excite your senses.   But after months of stir fry, curry and noodles, there comes a time when you want […]

House Hunting

  Moving to a new country can be difficult. Choosing where to live in that country, is even harder. Especially when you’ve never spent more than a few days there.     When S and I first moved to Thailand, S was the only one with a job. We had heard about Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams, so […]

Bangkok Birthday

Last week was my birthday. My first birthday spent away from family, friends and familiarity…             … And Bangkok, and all the amazing people I have met have done me proud.

Teaching Tales: Shoeses

Have you ever had a conversation with a child that makes you question their mental age? Last week I wrote about a conversation between myself and one of my six year old students, and today? Today I taught that student again, and once more she shocked me with words. Although this time it was for […]


Blessed with yet another beautiful day in Bangkok, S and I wanted to get out and enjoy the sun. Unfortunately I’m not one of these people that can sit still for long periods of time, so sunbathing was out of the question. Determined not to let a good day go to waste S turned to the […]

Khao San Road

Visiting Khao San Road during the daytime was something I had never done. Until today. But before we get to that part, let me rewind…   This morning I woke with a start, due to some stupidly excited creep looking at me very closely. That creep was S and he was excited because his friend, Tom, […]

Teaching Tales: Miss Vs Mrs

  This is a conversation that happened today, between me and my new 6 year old student.   6: Hey. You’re not Mr Richard.   Me: No, I’m Miss Amy.   6: Miss! Not Mrs?   Me: Miss is for girls, Mrs is for married women. I’m Miss because I’m not married.   6: Ohhh, but whyyyy aren’t […]

Cabbage and Condoms

Cabbage and Condoms is a restaurant in Thailand that many have heard about. Set up by Mechai Viravaidya, he created a programme called the PDA which has spent many years dedicated to promoting family planning in urban and rural areas of Thailand. The proceeds from both here, and the Birds and The Bee’s resort in Pattaya, […]

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