Since reaching Koh Chang, we dawned our island attitudes, and have been enjoying having nowhere to be but in a hammock or on the beach.
The laid back pace of life on this lush island is a refreshing change from the bustle of Bangkok.
With one main road going most of the way around the island, we are thankful to say it nearly impossible to get lost or wander for hours in search of our desired eating establishment (which can’t be said of either Bangkok or Chiang Mai.)
Though we have certainly not tired of Koh Chang’s alluring blue waters, towering coconut trees and sunshine, we have decided to say hello Koh Kood, a neighboring island to the south. Our feet should touch Koh Kood’s sands by 2pm tomorrow.
Sounds like a really nice place to just be!
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Ron and I have one more week left of our 3 month trip to Thailand before we head to Spain. We are grateful of the opportunity we had to “live” with the locals in this beautiful country.
What brought us to Thailand, of all places? Well, we first wanted warm weather. And nice beaches. Oh, and a good place to live on a budget. We did a lot of research before we left California about Thailand and where we thought we would live. We now realize there were some things we didn’t know before we left and wish we did. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
This blog is for people considering going to Thailand, specifically Phuket and may have some helpful information for you based solely on our views and opinions.
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Nice shot, you both look pretty happy!
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Caught up with this gentleman, Couldn’t resist shooting!!!
Very interesting picture, so much going on!
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After the excessive alcohol consumption and partying, I’ve come to the big chilled island of Koh Lanta for a couple of days, staying in the town of Saladan. The place is also called ‘Little Sweden’ by locals and you’ll see why; many Swedish restaurants are around, and it does indeed bring in the Swedish tourists to boot.. nearly everyone is blonde! I’m meeting up with a few girls whom I’d befriended before; Karis, Alex, Emily and Katrina. Once I arrive, I figure out how small the town actually is, and within 10 minutes I’ve pretty much seen all there is to see. All I can say for this is that I’m glad I had the company of the girls, or I would have been bored bored, so fucking bored! Everything is so relaxed here though; waiting over an hour to board the small ferry will definitely slow your heart rate down to something that’s more common here.
We’re staying in Lanta House; a low cost, awesome guesthouse. You’ll get a nice private room for $4, with a shared bathroom. They offer free tee, coffee and drinking water and the folks who run the place are incredibly friendly also; the woman in particular being very eager to teach guests some Thai. She showed us how to bargain the locals down while being respectful, but unfortunately it seems like a case of too little too late, as I’ll be flying to Malaysia in a couple of days. This place also has two friendly and gorgeous cats that are on leashes in the common room. On top of all of this, they offer cheap bikes /scooters to rent, as well as prices for busses out of the island. I heard that you can also get a cheap beachside hotel, but I fully recommend Lanta House!
Sounds ridiculously cheap!
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This picture was taken at the view point of Koh Phi Phi island, Thailand. My friend and I had to hike up to the viewpoint for about 40 minutes just to enjoy the view.
Great shot, what a view!
It’s Songkran season again and everyone has to live through this legendary water fight at least once. The Thai New Year is one of the festivals that you should be putting down in your bucket list if you haven’t done so. It usually takes place somewhere around the second week of April (13th-15th), which is summer in Thailand. The annual water festival is mainly for cleansing and purification, it also signifies a fresh start for the year ahead. So when you’re splashing water on others, it washes away the “bad” things from the previous year. But it isn’t all about the water, people holding a bowl filled with pasty substance is also a common sight. This concoction is made up of powder mix and water, then wiped on your face/body as a “blessing”, so don’t be taken aback if the friendly stranger next to you touches your face with his palms full of powder!
Experiencing Song Kran would leave you with memories you won’t forget.
Great shot, looks like the place to be in the heat!
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That’s been the rage the last few years, not sure we are ready for the plunge though
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This is my first-ever toe-photo and I took it because my boyfriend was in the water, yet I still wanted to capture this moment – so perfectly serene, surrounded by nature on a great beach…with well 20 other tourists that were all waiting for me to get out of the hammock so they could jump in
Gotta grab those moments when you can!
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Makes the city seem so clean and comfy!
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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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It was taken in a small Thai town called Kamphaeng Phet. I stayed there for a couple months through an exchange program.
Just beautiful, mother and child, universal love!
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The next day after walking around the city for a couple of hours we decided to check out the “tiger kingdom” that is heavily advertised around the city. I was at first hesitant to go as I thought the tigers were going to be malnourished and such. It was so worth it! We paid 300baht for a round trip tuk tuk. And once you get in you have a choice of paying to see and pet four different sizes of tigers ranging from 420-640 baht. ( the smallest being the most expensive) D went for the big and smallest size while I only went for the big tigers.
The tigers were big! And we got to basically “spoon” the different tigers and take lots of pictures with them. They were so calm and just like a really big cat.
Wow, wouldn’t think that was possible, brave girl!
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Nice shot, hopefully you won’t have to use that mosquito bat too often!
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