Koh Samui ~ Thailand

Ko Samui, one of Thailand’s largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand.  The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in all my travels. Things have changed tremendously since visiting in 2009 and even more so since my first visit in 1999. Now it is a true tourist destination. Everyone has discovered the secret of Koh Samui from budget travelers to high end luxury travelers. The island has many areas to stay in. We stayed in two differentRead more

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 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