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Where did the past seven weeks go? I can’t believe that tomorrow I’m back on a ferry, waving goodbye to Koh Tao again. However, I have a suspicion the next seventeen days traveling around Thailand are going to fly by. I am really looking forward to the trip ahead, which is going to be filled with friends, favorite old destinations and one very highly anticipated festival. There’s something special about the exotic becoming the familiar, and that’s very much how I feel now — like Koh Tao is home, and I’m taking off on another road trip around my big beloved backyard that is Thailand.

And um, no, those aren’t sentimental tears you guys! I just had some salt water in my eyes from the ocean!

It’s been a beautiful week here on Koh Tao, with moody storms, gorgeous drives through the jungle, more sunset paddleboard sessions, live music at treehouse rasta bars, and one stunningly technicolor beach day.

Photo A

Driving in Koh TaoVisiting a friend’s house up in the hills — love how small my girl Anna looks in the big jungle

Photo B

Beautiful Koh TaoPretty much a postcard paradise, no?

Photo C

Baby Rasta Bar Koh TaoLive music at Baby Rasta Bar

Photo D

Stand Up Paddle Koh TaoSunset with my paddle pals at SUP Koh Tao

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Emily
    October 12 2014

    You are going to have a blast! I’m glad to hear that things are positive with you Alex!

    Oh – and I choose B…makes me want to get back to Thailand sooner than later…sigh!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      Yeah, the weather has been off the charts beautiful lately — even when it rains πŸ™‚ B really shows both sides!

  • Justine
    October 12 2014

    It’s so hard to say goodbye but I’m sure you’re going to have a blast revisiting our old stomping ground! Oh, and I love photo D…the two fit together beautifully! Happy travels πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I am very much looking forward to a little vacation within a vacation πŸ™‚

  • Sonja at Breadcrumbs Guide
    October 12 2014

    I’m so excited to hear about your upcoming travels and see photos of Yi Peng! It’s definitely high on my list.

    I love photo C this week. Such unique colors and textures.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I’m going with my photographer friend, so hopefully together we bring our A game! We can’t wait!

  • Leah
    October 12 2014

    Photo D! Love that palm leaf and sunset.

    So jealous you’ll be in my old hood, give Chiangers and Pai a big hug and kiss for me. Eat at the Swan in CM if you haven’t, it’s the most amazing Burmese fusion restaurant and by far my favorite in the city. xx
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      Nice! I am going to look through your Chiang Mai posts before I arrive. I’m doing a leather workshop there that I’m super excited for.

      • Leah
        October 15 2014

        Can’t say I’ve ever heard of a leather workshop, excited to hear what that involves!? I haven’t written much on CM since the blog came about after the fact…is it weird to write retro posts? Cause I think I want to eventually!

        • Alex
          October 17 2014

          Not at all! I thought you had a great Chaing Mai advice post on there, no? I remember it was filled with great info!

  • Janice Stringer
    October 12 2014

    Hi Alex,
    My Chloe should be on the ferry tomorrow morning. Look out for a long haired blonde lovely about 4 ft 10. She’s her dads dinky toy! πŸ™‚
    The sunset for me every time!!!!!!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I had a look, but I didn’t see any other short blondies around! Funny we were on the same ferry πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Brynn
    October 12 2014

    I LOVE the idea of a place where sunset paddle boarding exists, regularly.

    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      It’s one of my most constant routines! It doesn’t hurt that I’m friends with the guys who started the paddleboard business πŸ™‚

  • Ashley | Ashley Wanders
    October 12 2014

    Photo D- I love that palm leaf!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      Me too! I was taking that photo in the middle of a busy beach and people were definitely looking at me like I was crazy. But the results were worth it!

  • becky hutner
    October 12 2014

    D bc of your optical trickery! At first I thought the palm leaf was rows of paddle boards — the beauty of abstract shots.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I love that juxtaposition πŸ™‚ And the fact that I really did take the photos one after another in a set like that1

  • MCVK
    October 12 2014

    Photo B

  • MCVK
    October 12 2014

    I truly enjoy all of your posts, accompanied by your professional-level photography. But it is a little disheartening to see that almost everyone who comments on your blog is another professional who’s trying to promote his/her blog. There’s got to be a way to elicit more comments from the amateurs who are not in “the biz.” I’d much rather hear from someone who’s visited a place you’ve been and has things to add or to disagree with, rather than the “Rah rah!” you get from your fellow professionals.

    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I’d love to hear from those people too! It’s something I’ve thought a lot about, read a lot about, and discussed quite a bit with my peers. Unfortunately, non-bloggers are just much less likely to comment — they might not be used to the blogging format, or might be shy, or just might not be interested in sharing their thoughts publicly. Sometimes I get comments from people who say they’ve been reading loyally for years, and were only just inspired to comment for the first time! These are the people I often get emails from instead. I do encourage them, in my responses, to chime in any time in the comments πŸ™‚

    • Sigrid
      October 14 2014

      Interesting remark. I’m a non-blogging reader and I’m sure there are many of us πŸ˜‰
      I just stumbled upon this fabulous blog a week ago, and I felt a strong desire to write a positive comment. But scrolling down other posts made me wonder if it was still relevant or “necessary” to comment if there werere already 100 comments (which is a compliment of course). I’ve never been to Thailand before and I’m more a kind of India-expert, but now I feel inspired to check out South-East Asia, and I promise I’ll share my experiences πŸ˜‰
      Fantastic photos and writing Alex!

      • Alex
        October 17 2014

        Hey Sigrid! No matter how many comments a post may have, I always love to read more! Please chime in any time πŸ™‚

  • Steve
    October 12 2014

    I am choosing C this week. There seemed to be a lot going on in the photo.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      There is indeed — if only you could hear the live music πŸ™‚

  • Ron
    October 12 2014

    The answer is B of course! Look at the Gin clear water! I have to agree that Koh Tao is a great place to live.

    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      I love that description… gin clear πŸ™‚

  • Stef
    October 12 2014

    Photo B makes me wanna hop on a plane to Thailand right now!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      See ya soon then πŸ™‚

  • Peter
    October 13 2014

    Hey Alex, all of them are pretty nice but 2nd one is my personal favourite, the postcard paradise.. Thanks for sharing
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      You’re so welcome, Peter! I love sharing the beauty of Koh Tao around the world.

  • Kristen Noelle
    October 13 2014

    The rasta bar looks like love! So cozy.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      It reminds me a lot of bars in Northern Thailand, specifically Pai! Love it there πŸ™‚

  • Chris
    October 13 2014

    Rasta bar for me this week!

    Looks so cool and rustic πŸ˜‰
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      It’s one of my favorite little hidden gems on Koh Tao πŸ™‚

  • Oh, the bittersweet goodbye. Have a great trip around Thailand <3
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    • Alex
      October 13 2014

      Thanks Miriam! It makes it much easier that I’m coming back in a few weeks. Not ready for the big goodbye yet.

  • Emily from Let's Roam Wild
    October 13 2014

    I vote…all.
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  • Kelly | Endlessly Exploring
    October 15 2014

    Love Photo B! So beautiful, paradise! x
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    • Alex
      October 17 2014

      πŸ™‚ And that’s why I can’t quit Koh Tao!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    October 16 2014

    WAIT. You’re gone already? You just got back!
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    • Alex
      October 17 2014

      Seven weeks flew by! I’ll be back in seventeen days, though (not that I’m counting!)

  • Julia Nix
    October 21 2014

    How did end up on your first journey to Thailand? Was it from watching The Beach (Leonardo Dicaprio)? πŸ™‚

    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Ha, well I’ve definitely made reference to that being the exact reason I went elsewhere on this site, Julia! I loved that movie, and it definitely gave me Thailand fever!

      • Julia Nix
        October 23 2014

        Awesome πŸ™‚ Just for a bit of topic, maybe you can do a mini segment featuring how to wear thai fisherman’s pants. Haha, do you own a pair?

        • Alex
          October 23 2014

          Nope, I don’t πŸ˜‰ I think I’d have to figure it out for myself before I could write about it!

  • Rachel
    October 23 2014

    That baby Rasta bar looks so cool! I wish I had known about it when I was on koh tao, guess that just means I’ll have to pop back when I’m next in thailand πŸ™‚

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      It’s pretty hidden away… a true gem! And definitely a reason to return πŸ™‚

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