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Travel tips focussing on the rural northeast of Thailand or Isan. Thai food, lodging, customs and history with contrarian views.

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  • WiFi and Water Buffalao
    on Jun 15, 2016
    WiFi at Gecko Villa is now how it should be: fast and free. We have taken advantage of the Thai government's policy to bring broadband to over 40,000 villages across the kingdom. When it became possible for us to receive a signal from a new to...
  • Gecko Villa included in "5 Top Places in Northeast Thailand"
    on May 25, 2014
    The newly published guidebook to Thailand, Tao Guide's "Thailand - the Original & Sustainable", has featured Gecko Villa as one of its most recommended places, with specific commendations for our environmental, social and cultural eff...
  • Bangkok Air's Udon Thani Choice: Gecko Villa
    on May 3, 2014
    Bangkok Air's inflight magazine, Fah Thai, featured Gecko Villa as its top eco lodging choice in Udon Thani in its current May - June edition. Having recently launched flights between Bangkok's international airport, Suvarnabhumi, and Udon T...
  • Monks at the Thai Village Temple
    on Mar 31, 2014
    The ordination ceremony for our eldest sons at the local village temple was a colourful affair that blended Isan traditions with Buddhist rites. Above, the ordination ceremony has just been completed and our sons are about to then start their seven...
  • Storms and Razor Blades
    on Mar 21, 2014
    A Buddhist Monkhood Initiation ("Buat Phra")in a Rural Thai Village Last night, a freak electric storm with tree-rending winds - and rain reminiscent of waterfalls - hit our village. The winds downed a major high voltage power line, and t...
  • Thailand Protests: Travel Advice
    on Dec 3, 2013
    Many countries have issued updated travel advisories in respect of remaining safe on holiday in the country. Visitors are advised to avoid the scenes of any protests or demonstrations, and to stay away from areas in Bangkok  such as Democracy Mo...
  • The Approaching Cool Season & Pink Lotus Sea
    on Oct 8, 2013
    The rainy season is now over: we wake up to uninterrupted blue skies, and the evenings are now pleasantly cool. Next month, the Pink Lotus Sea will once again be in bloom, through to March next year. Now is the time to visit for those keen to experie...
  • Bangkok Air launches Bangkok (Suwannabhumi) to Udon Thani Flights
    on Sep 29, 2013
    Bangkok Air have announced the launch of twice daily flight between Bangkok's Suwwanabhumi airport and Udon Thani. This service will start on the 29th November 2013, and offers an additional option for those seeking a connecting flight from Bangkok's...
  • Escaping the Ordinary: A Yellow Submarine holiday?
    on Jul 30, 2013
    A vacation is fundamentally about change - about escaping the dismally routine - so it surely follows that a memorable holiday will best be had in a unique setting. The niche website One Off Places focuses on holiday rentals which stand out from the...
  • Nam Phrik Num Spicy Chili Dip
    on Jul 10, 2013
    In Udon Thani last week, at a market featuring produce from Chiang Mai, we spotted a lady selling freshly grilled "Sai Oua" (northern Thai sausages) with a Nam Phrik Num (young green chili) dip. This is one of our favourite dips, so we bagged...
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