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Nitrox Now! A Review of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course thumbnail

Fellow scuba enthusiasts, do you want your dives to be safer, to stay down longer, and to have more energy for celebratory drinks after rinsing out your gear? I'll take that as a duh -- which is why it's so crazy it took me so many years to get my nitrox certification. Earlier in 2016, before leaving Thailand for the summer…

Celebrating Yi Peng and Loy Kratong on Koh Tao thumbnail

This week, Koh Tao celebrated Loy Kratong. And while I may currently be on the other side of the world, I touch back down in Thailand in just two weeks -- which makes this the perfect time to share this memory from last year! It's likely that, whether or not you knew what it was or…

The Great Escape: Month 57 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. After a deliciously…

A Year in Paradise: Koh Tao’s Annual Events and Festivals thumbnail

You may have picked up by now that I love any excuse to celebrate, don a costume or pop a bottle of (probably fake, if we're talking Thailand) champagne -- festivals and holidays are my jam! Lucky for me, Koh Tao knows how to party -- it's one of the things I love about this island…

And Now Onto Chopping: A Koh Tao Cooking Class for the Domestically Challenged thumbnail

It is safe to say that one of my primary motivations for living part-time in Thailand is the availability and affordability of meals that someone else other than myself has prepared. "Domestic disaster" doesn't seem to quite cover a past that has included the fire department being summoned during an attempt at boiling macaroni in the…

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…

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…

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