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A Weekend of Beachfront Charm on Koh Phangan thumbnail

It was like clockwork: after a little over a month back on Koh Tao, I was itching for a mini getaway again. Nothing major, just a teeny change of scenery to scratch my travel itch. So it couldn't have been more perfect that I was already planning a weekend away on my neighboring island of Koh…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: The Dusit Buncha Trail thumbnail

I'd heard the rumors: there was a deep jungle trail that connected the northern tip of the island's main road to around the backside of my favorite Koh Tao viewpoint. If you look at a map, there's nothing between the two aside from hills and jungle. I couldn't find anyone who'd actually done it, just those…

Is Koh Tao Safe for Travelers? thumbnail

When I read about Koh Tao in the international media – a statement that has only been possible in the last two years or so – I literally feel like I’m reading about a place I’ve never been before. What is this terrible seedy island, full of sinister gangsters, riled up murderers and ominous threats? (Every…

The Great Escape: Months 53 and 54 Roundup thumbnail

Oh, my monthly roundups. They are so ridiculously out of sync with real time now that I recently considered axing the series, but I decided to play catch up instead -- so brace yourself for a couple of these coming up! Apologies for the delay, but I suppose better is late than never. Ah, Southeast Asia…

Hotel Crush: Bangkok Tree House thumbnail

Bangkok and I are old friends. It's a city I always go back to -- in my last seven month stint in the country, I made five separate trips there. And while I never, ever tire of Thailand's sprawling capital, I do love exploring new corners of it. Ones that can make even a veteran visitor…

Bangkok, Blurry Vision, And Why I Didn’t Go to Burma (Again) thumbnail

How much do I hate not having 20/20 vision? Let me count the ways. I'm not going to lie: this is a post about disappointment, medical drama, and dealing with corneal scarring. It's kind of a downer. On the upside, there is some Star Wars in there too. But don't say I didn't warn you. Back…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: Mango Viewpoint thumbnail

Koh Tao is unexpected paradise for hiking addicts in Southeast Asia. Recently, I kicked off the Hike Your Heart Out series to highlight some of my favorite island trails, most of which remain hidden gems thanks to the lack of trail maps, marked routes and mentions from guidebooks and travel blogs. I'm excited about creating a…

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