Scorpion nights

A bitter crunch and the claw shattered between my teeth. The soy sauce dip dried my tongue with salt as black shards slotted themselves in my throat. The leggy remains of a crispy grasshopper lay on the white plastic table in front of me, blackened from the grill and sprinkled with fishy brown salt. Neon…

How to eat a scorpion

Step 1. Buy a scorpion on a stick on Kaoh San Road, Bangkok. Step 2. Make sure the stinger has been removed. Step 3. Grab a large Chang, or splash out on a Singha beer. Step 4. Think of anything except that black spiky thing in front of you. Step 5. Be brave and chomp…

Biking tour of Pai: Top ten highlights

The low clouds clung to the slopes like wispy threads of web as we hurtled towards Pai in our minibus. Cold air slapped sticky cheeks, and horns honked as fresh skid marks were laid around sharp corners. Our bus slammed to a halt, and only laughs were exchanged between the drivers. Route 1095 from Chiangmai…

Thai massage Vs. Laos massage

I’ve sampled both a Thai and Laos full body massage, and here’s how they compare: My sister and I signed up for a traditional Thai massage in the reggae-infused town of Krabi, Thailand. We’d spent a day climbing clay cliffs and swimming in caves at Railay beach, and after a few long bus journeys felt…

Mopeds

Two wheels is the way to ride in Thailand. Whole families jump aboard, young teens skid off burning tyres trying to impress their sweethearts, and food vendors attach their stalls as side carts and trundle up busy roads. We decided to have a go at in the relaxed river town of Krabi. Out of the…

Scuba diving in Koh Tao

Koh Tao is full of great dive sites for scuba divers of all abilities: the shallow coral bays of Japanese Gardens and Mango Bay where reef sharks frequently hang out, night diving in White Rock with turtles and hunting giant barracuda, deep diving in Chumphon where whale sharks have been spotted recently, and exploring the…