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Monkey T
Monkey T is Krewe d'Agave's flag boy. His duties include designing and printing flags, hoisting flags, lowering flags, folding flags, carrying flags. He is a real person and lives in Asia.

The hunt for Lao Nam Khao

Hunt for Nam Khao when staying in Luang Prabang Laos somewhere down near the river

 Nam Khao, the Laotian crispy rice salad, is one of the most popular dishes in Lao cuisine. The Thai version for me plays second fiddle to the Nam Khao in Laos. It is a more rustic, hearty variation that seems open to each cook’s individual interpretation that often surprises. What I love about Nam Khao is that it is served in a single dish with ... Read More »

Kuangsi Waterfall is monsoon gem

Luang Prabang Laos Kuangsi Waterfall famous 3-tiered waterfall best in rainy season

Luang Prabang’s Kuangsi Waterfall is best experienced early in Laos’ monsoon season. Most of the peak season mob is gone and by late July the waterfall is flushed and flowing clean. Obviously if a monsoon squall hits then any waterfall is off limits. However within a day or sometimes less depending on water flow Kuangsi Waterfall is safe. It has a brief bit ... Read More »

Phuket beach clean up restarts 27 July

Government phase two Phuket beach clean up starts 27 July in Rawai Phuket

This truly is ‘hearts and minds’ time in Phuket. The second phase of the government’s island wide beach clean up started in Rawai today, 27 July, with little fanfare. No local press was around to see a battalion of Royal Thai Army soldiers start assembling around 08:00. And after a few short speeches by local officials and a couple PR photos the boys in green ... Read More »

Best treehouse dining in Phuket Town

Tamachart Restaurant Phuket Town built like a tree house full of forky stuff

Who wants to eat Thai food in a tree house? This fork reckons most everyone, especially families with children. That must be why Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket Town is still doing a brisk businesses selling reasonably priced Thai food. All from a restaurant build in and around a tree packed with kitsch décor. Once the darling of hipster backpackers, Thais ... Read More »

Chiang Mai thirsty for ‘craft beer’

Chiang Mai Craft Beer sells craft beer to Chiang Mai hotels and pubs in north Thailand

Chiang Mai Craft Beer (CMCB) is now supplying high quality craft beer to thirsty Northern Thailand. The company recently opened and started importing an exceptional line up of quality craft beers, shipped all the way from America, Japan and Norway This in itself is no easy task. Craft beer is not pasteurised, so it all natural and loaded with heaps of ... Read More »

Vietnam fights for Phan Thiet golf course

Save Ocean Dunes Golf Club Phant Thiet golf tourism in Vietnam

Ocean Dunes Golf Club in Phan Thiet is a national tourism treasure that Vietnam should preserve for generations to come. Unfortunately it is now under threat of demolished if new owners have their way. And it is not just golfers and tourism officials fighting to save the course. But Ocean Dune Golf Club members and people who invested money in the course are taking up the ... Read More »

Stormy future for seaside dining in Phuket

Pak Bang Food Center is this fork’s top seaside dining destination in Phuket. I take almost all family and friends visiting Phuket here. It is very family friendly and loved for its location right on water and stunning views of Rawai beach. It helps that most of the time the seafood vendors at Pak Bang  delivered solid meals. Years ago I ... Read More »

Best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai best Khao Soi noodles Aroon Rai opposite Thaepae Gate

Aroon Rai Restaurant serves Chiang Mai’s best Khao Soi noodles. This is a highly subjective, personal point of view to say the least. It is also one of this fork’s all time favourite Thai noodle dishes from any region of the country. It might even come out top compared to noodle dishes from any other Asian country (except maybe this ... Read More »

Epic mountain bike ride in Chiang Kham

Rico Resort Chiang Kham epic mountain bike ride through unseen Thailand

Rico Resort Chiang Kham is truly off the beaten track by any measure. How many people have heard of Chiang Kham, Thailand anyway? That’s ok, this fork had to check Google Earth first too. And I haven’t found it on many bucket lists either. Most importantly, good hotels in Chiang Kham are hard to find. If you are looking to discover ... Read More »

Rum Jungle Cafe rocks Phuket

Rum Jungle Cafe - Rawai, Phuket serves best pasta in Phuket.

Rum Jungle Cafe – Rawai, Phuket does surprise the casual diner.  Tucked into a loud corner of Rawai’s very busy Sai Yuan Road, the restaurant is the surrounded by a small cluster of nocturnal establishments unique to Thailand’s entertainment industry. Seaside it is not. Yet Rum Jungle Cafe’s funky ambiance and excellent Italian-Mediterranean food earned it a Trip Advisor’s top 20 ... Read More »

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