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Goodbye Koh Tao – Hello Chiang Mai!

Goodbye Koh Tao – Hello Chiang Mai! I decided to not go through with my Divemaster on just about the day it was supposed to start. The question over whether I really wanted to pursue it or not niggled into my mind somewhere in Kuala Lumpur – probably while I was staring at the ceiling fan of my 6ft x 12ft cell. Did I really want to spend the next 2 months in a town with 2 roads and a dozen restaurants? Also there’s no surf. And...

Cappuccino in Koh Tao

Cappuccino in Koh Tao Life on Koh Tao is a lot slower and a big part of my day – when I’m not seasick on a boat or 75 feet below the ocean’s surface – is spent eating, talking, and thinking. My favorite place is a French café right off the main street in Mae Haad called Cappuccino. Like almost everywhere on the island, it has an open-air patio and is way too big for the number of customers it ever has at any point in...

The Islands of Thailand – My Experiences on Koh Tao

The Islands of Thailand – My Experiences on Koh Tao “Okay now please put on ze bikini,” she said. “My bikini?” “Yes. You have it on, no?” “Uh, yeah, sure.” I turn around in my brown swimming trunks. “Does my bikini look alright?” “Fine. Good. Yes.” She says, half-smiling over her shoulder. I see now what people say about the French not caring much for learning English. Joelle would be...

Goals Before Moving to Thailand – How I did

Goals Before Moving to Thailand – How I did When I decided I was moving to Thailand I wrote down a few things I wanted to accomplish before I got on the plane. It’s been 45 days since then and I’m now in Thailand so I figured it would be a good time to see how I did. Summed up in a word: eh. Some of the goals were a bit too audacious considering everything else that was going on (like learning Thai). Some of them were a bit  too simple (like...

Thailand Tips: Surviving Your First Day in Bangkok

Thailand Tips: Surviving Your First Day in Bangkok Your first day in Thailand – especially Bangkok – can be overwhelming. No matter what time of day you arrive, your first step out of the Suvarnabhumi airport will be met with an oppressive, sticky heat. If you’re really unlucky it will be raining. Bangkok is attempting to rebrand itself as the “City of Life” – and I think it’s an apt description. Underneath temples of incredibly...

My Packing List for Thailand

My Packing List for Thailand I’ve spent the last few weeks selling, donating, and giving away pretty much everything I own. As freeing as this was at first, it has started to get really hard! There are just so many things I feel I need to have with me – especially when it comes to clothes. I’m not very stylish – in fact, I tend to wear the exact same thing almost every day. But it’s nice to have the...

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