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Uma Bela Caminhada: Hiking on Ilha Grande thumbnail

Ilha Grande stole my heart -- and it also gave it a workout. Cardio and adventure fans alike will flip for the hiking opportunities on this untamed Brazilian island. With sixteen marked trails of varying length and difficulty, we were spoiled for choice when it came to which corner of Ilha Grande to wander. As we were hoping…

The Complete Guide to Visiting Koh Yai National Park Independently thumbnail

Thailand is abundant with so many natural wonders I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but this year I stumbled upon one that definitely lingers somewhere near the top. I traveled to Khao Yai National Park, as so many others do, in search of elephants. One of the largest wild populations in Thailand calls Khao…

Treasures on Two Wheels: Visiting Khao Yai National Park By Motorbike thumbnail

If you've been lucky enough to receive a postcard from Thailand, it likely featured paradise islands, charming provincial towns or perhaps the sparkling lights of Bangkok. The country's beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan big city are well documented, including here on Alex in Wanderland. But did you know Thailand also has one hundred and twenty-seven national parks…

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…

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…

Koh Tao By Land: Jumping Into Jaws thumbnail

By this point, you guys are probably sick of hearing me say it -- yes, there is more to do on little Koh Tao than just diving and partying! In fact, there's a whole company that specializes in proving it. Technically yes, my good friends at Goodtime Adventures do offer scuba diving; but they also offer…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: The Burmese Pagoda thumbnail

Welcome to my newest Koh Tao series! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do on Koh Tao, and I try to hit a trail at least once a week when I'm on the island. While in many ways Koh Tao is a hiker's paradise, it's also a secret one -- there's no trail map…

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