Koh Lipe ~ Thailand

Koh Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago of the Andaman Sea, in southwest Thailand. Koh Lipe was originally settled by a group of sea gypsies (chao leh in Thai), originally from Malaysia, known as the Urak Lawoi’ people. This island is very close to the Malaysian border. The boat ride from Langkawi Malaysia was only 1 1/2 hours long.  Arriving here was like landing in paradise. The ocean was clear and blue, the sand was soft andRead more

Koh Rong ~ Cambodia

The cost for a roundtrip ticket on a speedboat from Sinhanoukville is $12.50 (USD) per person through Speed Ferry Cambodia. The announcement came that it would be 45 minutes late because of technical problems.  Sitting in hot weather with all our luggage wasn’t fun. After the boat arrived, we were told there were more mechanical problems.  Leaving would be even later. I called this the A-B-O-U-T stage. A bunch of unhappy travelers (ABOUT). Later everyone was given the option of taking the slow boat. OfRead more

Koh Yao Yai Thailand

This is the island I’ve been looking for all of my life. No markets, no vendors, no traffic, no noise and hardly any people. There are only a handful of places to stay and one expensive resort. This is what I remember Thailand to be 15 years ago. Just locals and a few tourist. I love it here. There is nothing to do but relax and listen to the sounds of nature. Koh (means island) Yao Yai is an IslandRead more

Phuket Thailand

Phuket pronounced (pooh-ket) is down south inThailand. This means beautiful beaches and warm sunny weather everyday of the year. The sea is calm and warm. Unfortunately when we arrived the air was gloomy and hazy. This is because of the heavy smoke coming from Sumatra (click here for information). The farmers slash and burn their fields to harvest new crops faster. It’s becoming a huge problem and somewhat crippling the tourism to Thailand’s southern islands. The air quality has reached dangerousRead more

Legian Indonesia

Arriving here from Gili Air Island was a culture shock. From a white sand beach to a maddening high traffic tourist area. It was like being moved from first class to coach on a long full flight. Even the color of the ocean changed from crystal blue to brown. When we arrived at the port, I saw kids playing in the water by the boats. It didn’t look to clean but they were having the best time.  The hotel wasRead more