Koh Phayam: The Deserted Island Dream

Legends you hear in passing without knowing anything about seem to be some of the most fruitful discoveries when you track them down yourself. While travelling through Isan in 2011, I was told of an island near the Andaman coast… Continue Reading →

Monday Travel Quote: Eternity

Travel Theme: Simplicity

Simplicity is a theme that is supposed to be inherent in tropical islands. Although most that I have been to thus far have been every bit as hectic as other spots for tourism. An exception to this was Koh Phayam… Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Dominating the skyline of the humble provincial capital of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand is this mountaintop temple.  Visible from almost anywhere in the whole town, a series of wooden stairs lead forward the way up the rocky outcrop to it… Continue Reading →

Christmas Eve on Koh Tao

Christmas Eve started off slow.  Lorna  (a coworker from Bangkok) and I had spent the day learning basic scuba skills in a small, fairly filthy pool that was stuffed with way too many people. Following a small rest after the… Continue Reading →

Zigzagging to Koh Tao

Arriving in Chumpon in the rain after midnight, I booked a ticket to Koh Tao at the Farang Bar & Guesthouse. This included explicit instructions that a taxi would pick me up to go to the dock at 6am for… Continue Reading →

Crossing the Malaysia Border at Sadao

In all honesty, despite the undeserved props I gave myself for inevitably braving the bombing capital of Thailand, I would much rather have spent the night in the Border town of Sadao.  Just the label itself – border town –… Continue Reading →

“Don’t go there. You’ll get blown up.” – Hat Yai, Thailand

“Oh, don’t go to Yala/Hat Yai/anywhere in the south.  You’ll get blown up.”  This seemed to be a common sentiment among many of my students and even my Thai teaching partner before I left Bangkok.  And then there was a… Continue Reading →

A Michigan Island in Surat Thani?

  It’s odd how enigmatic random chance can be sometimes.  While the boat ride back from Koh Phangan was entirely uneventful and mostly just spent continuing the travelogue I hadn’t picked up since getting to the island, I was in… Continue Reading →

Cry for the Moon – Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party

“The moon you felt, it has no side that’s dark like hell or safe from light.” – Tom DeLonge “Cry for the moon” is, if I correctly understood a Thai coworker trying to explain it to me, a proverb expressing… Continue Reading →

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