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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 of Thailand. The speaker of this legend told me of an island without cars, intermittent…

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 . . .

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 peak.  Oftentimes it is dominated more by monkeys and soi dogs than by the monks…

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 – it sounds exciting.  And indeed from the little I had read and even less that…

“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 bombing in Hat Yai a few days before my arrival that I read had killed…

Surat Thani from where I stayed.

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 for a surprise once on the bus back to Surat Thani. This bus was much…

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 the sadness of a man longing for a woman (the moon) or something else impossible. …