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Greetings from Koh Tao! It feels like I just got back, which makes it bizarre that I’m already packing for a trip off the island. It’s for a damn good reason though — I’m heading to Bangkok to speak at the first ever Asia edition of TBEX.

In reality, by the time I board the ferry off the island, I’ll have been here for two whole weeks. They were busy ones — house-hunting (success! I signed a six month lease and move into my new apartment the day I return from the conference), bike-hunting (still looking), catching up with old friends and catching up on a literal avalanche of work that’s built up in the last few whirlwind months.

I’m already loving having a home base again. When I pulled out a bag to start packing today, it was just a little carry-on, rather than everything I own. When I meet people on the road and they ask where I live, I’ll have an actual answer, rather than just squinting and pointing to something in the distance to avoid admitting I’m homeless (it’s my specialty). When I say goodbye to my friends on the island, it will be for just ten days, instead of ten months. But don’t worry, this travel blogger isn’t going to stop traveling — I’ve already got a growing list of little trips both Thailand domestic and Southeast Asia international on the docket. The difference, at least for now, is that I’ll have somewhere to come home to. Here’s a little peek at the last week on the island I love to live on.

Photo A

Aow Leuk Bay, Koh TaoMy afternoon reward for a morning of productivity

Photo B

Back on Koh TaoIsland accessories

Photo C

Shark Island, Koh TaoShark Island, my favorite dive site

Photo D

Hiking with Goodtime AdventuresHiking with Goodtime Adventures

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Marni
    October 12 2015

    Definitely photo A. Autumn is my favorite season, but these recently cooling temps are just a reminder that winter is almost here. I’d love to be sunning myself on that beach right now!

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      It’s actually coming into the monsoon on this side of Thailand, and so we’ve had more rainy days than sunny ones lately. Which means I went straight outside to seize this one when I saw clear blue skies!

  • becky hutner
    October 12 2015

    A — I would be so very happy on that beach right now. Instead, I am preparing to move to drizzly, beach-less London. What?
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      WHAT! Does this mean you’re going to be… Canadian in London?

      • becky hutner
        October 13 2015

        Lol, you wouldn’t believe how many people ask me that. Actually maybe you would. But yes, a Canadian in London I shall be, provided the fine UK government approves my visa application. Please? Pretty please with clotted cream on top?

        • Alex
          October 15 2015

          Crossing my fingers for you!

  • LC
    October 12 2015

    Glad you’ve found a little piece of paradise to call home… For now! 😉

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Me too LC! This is just what I need right now, at this point in my life.

  • Joella
    October 12 2015

    Ugh Alex it looks absolutely awful, why would you choose to make a base there? 😉 Got to go with A- such a gorgeous beach and water!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Yeah, I know, it’s hard to imagine 🙂 What can I say, I’m a sucker for delicious food, reasonable rent, and beautiful beaches. What a weirdo. 😛

  • Rick
    October 12 2015

    Choosing that little island to settle-in says a lot more than a photo.

    Considering all the places you’ve traveled and enjoyed this is quite an endorsement of Koh Tao and Thailand. I take note, and it’s now on the top of my list. Enjoy enjoy.

    Rick

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      One of the main things that keeps bringing me back to Koh Tao is the amazing community of expats. I’m sure there are other places around the world I could be equally as happy, but none of them have my little Koh Tao family.

  • Amy | Toothbrush Travels
    October 12 2015

    All of the photos are my favourite because i’m so happy you listened to your heart and have gone back for a much longer while! xo
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Thanks Amy. It was time!

  • Tempesst
    October 12 2015

    Photo A! I miss Koh Tao so much-so jealous that you get to call it home for a while!
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    • Tempesst
      October 12 2015

      Just realized that I left pretty much the same comment on last week’s photo of the week post haha. Clearly it’s time to make another visit there!

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      I’m pretty pumped, I have to admit! Hopefully I will have plenty of posts to tempt you back soon 🙂

  • Sarah
    October 12 2015

    Sounds like bliss!

    Photo A- the sea looks beautiful.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      It’s even better from below the surface 🙂

  • Gemma
    October 12 2015

    I love the trek photo. I like a reminder that nature is bigger than us and those trees do that!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Me too! I am trying to focus on writing more about the non-diving activities on Koh Tao, and that company offers some great ones.

  • Julian James
    October 12 2015

    Photo A! It really captures the laid back vibe that flows throughout Koh Tao.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Beach photo for the win it seems, this week 🙂

  • Laryssa
    October 12 2015

    KOH TAO!! I miss it so much.

    Looking forward to reading more of your Thailand adventures!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Thanks Laryssa! Already plotting some trips to corners of the country I haven’t seen… it’s exciting stuff!

  • I am SO upset I can’t go to TBEX! I had my ticket and everything. Would have LOVED to meet you and hear you speak. Oh so disappointing. Good luck and have fun! Glad you’re back on this side of the world 🙂

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Oh, that’s a bummer Jennifer. I would have liked to meet you too!

  • Michelle
    October 12 2015

    Love photo B! I’m going to be there next year! Can’t wait! It looks amazing!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      You’re going to love it. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of posts to keep you excited between now and then 🙂

  • Britt
    October 12 2015

    Photo B for sure. Coconuts are seriously my favourite thing. Definitely what I miss most about Thailand.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      I’ve been having them in every form lately! Coconut water, coconut shake, coconut curry, coconut ice cream… the list goes on.

  • Jenia
    October 12 2015

    Photo B – Because there are few things as good and refreshing in life as coconut water 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Tell me about it. I have to have my one-a-day!

  • Leah
    October 12 2015

    Ohh I loved that little beach! Went snorkeling there one day. Come to think of it, that was the only place I snorkelled in a whole month on the island. Fail!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Well you went to the best one 🙂

  • Joy | Joy Goes Places
    October 12 2015

    I love A & D! I can see you love Thailand so much. I can’t wait to visit next year. 🙂 And oh, I hope you can squeeze in Philippines in your SE Asia itinerary. There are so many places here that you’ll love. 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      I loved the Philippines! I definitely do plan to return there someday. I only saw a tiny sliver!

  • Justine
    October 13 2015

    I’ve gotta go with A. It makes me yearn for the days when I lived within walking distance of the beach! Yay, TBEX! I can’t wait to see you speak 🙂 I’m headed to Bangkok in a few hours!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Ahhh, awesome! Very excited to meet you, Justine!

  • Rashaad
    October 13 2015

    I choose Photo A – that looks like a nice beach.
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      It’s one of my favorites on the island!

  • Carmen
    October 13 2015

    Definitely A – if I’m not mistaken it’s Tanote Bay, where I myself spent two weeks of Thailand bliss some 3 years ago 🙂 And it was AWESOME.
    cheers from chilly Switzerland!

    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Actually, it’s right next door at Aow Leuk! Both beautiful beaches though 🙂

  • Janice Stringer
    October 13 2015

    photo a… that beach looks inviting!
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      I only hope I get more sunny days like that one, even through monsoon!

  • Dominique
    October 13 2015

    Photo C! I’d love to go dancing there!
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    • Dominique
      October 13 2015

      Diving! That was either a Freudian slip of the tongue or an autocorrect issue 😉

      • Alex
        October 13 2015

        Ha, well appropriately enough it’s a great island for both!

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    October 13 2015

    Photo B! You are doing amazing things with that new Canon, I love it.

    SO happy for you that you’re ‘home’ 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 13 2015

      Thanks chica. Come on over so I can repay your amazing hospitality!

  • Kacy
    October 13 2015

    Congrats on the apartment! I’m sure that’s an awesome change of pace after months of backpacking.
    Loving Photo A. That water. Sigh.
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    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      Indeed it is. Fully unpacking and putting the suitcase under the bed is an amazing feeling.

  • Photo B – don’t we all need those island essentials? 😉
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    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      A coconut a day keeps the melancholy away!

  • Sally
    October 13 2015

    Ahhh I love Koh Tao! Photo A is definitely my fav! So bummed I wont be at TBEX and then when I saw you were speaking I was even more annoyed I didn’t book a ticket! Have an amazing time!
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    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      Maybe the next one, Sally 🙂

  • Erika
    October 13 2015

    I love A & C! Beautiful…
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  • Liz
    October 13 2015

    Yay, how good does it feel to have a base for such a long time! Also, 6 months? I’m totally visiting, pencil me in!
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    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      Get your butt back over here! I’ve got a futon!

  • Tamara
    October 13 2015

    Gahhhh You’re making me want to go back to Thailand (for a 3rd time!)

    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      Oh man, I’d have to count up which trip this is for me. I’m a Southeast Asia addict!

  • Julia Nix
    October 14 2015

    Tucker wants a holiday!!!! Oh, enjoy KT and your ‘family’ there. Plenty of hot, cute guys around but I’m sure BB is somewhere, and you will be on ur best behavior. 🙂

    • Alex
      October 15 2015

      He is indeed here with me as well!

  • Siobhan
    October 14 2015

    I love photo A, almost makes me feel like I’m transported there for a second.

    Just to let you know, on your destinations page, the link for El Salvador points to your Honduras posts!