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I have a heavy heart today, as in less than twenty-four hours I’ll be saying goodbye to Koh Tao once again. My mind is clear and I know that it was the right decision to make this just a short stop on, rather than the final destination of, my five month trip, but my heart is…

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I told you all about how I got to Ayutthaya, but I didn’t really let on to why I stopped there. I went for the same reason that any traveler goes: for the temple hopping. Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s former capitals and reportedly once one of the largest and most impressive cities in the world…

My Solo Travels Begin

My solo travels began with a journey to Ayutthaya, a city a few hours north of Bangkok. On the day that my friends left Bangkok and I woke up alone, I wrote this post. Reading it now is almost painful because I remember how terrified I was. That probably seems ridiculous to a lot of people…

While I mostly spent this short trip to Bangkok running errands and tying up loose ends, I did make time to visit one special attraction that I had been meaning to visit for almost the entire year! I’ve always been a big fan of Bangkok’s museums and galleries — and the fact that I frequently seem…

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Songkran, also known as Thai New Year, is one of the highlights on the calendar of any Thai, expat or visitor to the country. Songkran traditionally falls on the hottest day of the year in Thailand, and is thus quite appropriately celebrated with a mass, country-wide water fight and street party. For years I had read…

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While I’ve written dozens of posts about life in Koh Tao… diving, learning to drive, finding an apartment, I never feel like I wrote a post that summed up what it feels like to live there. In Koh Tao I often experienced moments that stayed with me, rolling around in my consciousness a day or a…

This week I said an emotional goodbye to Koh Tao and began the journey north to Chiang Mai. I’ve been visiting little towns in Thailand that I’ve always wanted to see and traveling by train the whole way. Traveling solo has been a challenge for someone like me who tends to be a bit introverted… especially…

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