We visit the filming location for the 2000 movie “The Beach”. Unfortunately, nearly everyone else visiting Thailand wants to see this attraction and what was once an untouched paradise is now forever gone.
We visit crazy Patong Beach on Thailand’s southern resort island of Phuket. Most people told us to avoid this place, so we entered with pretty low expectations, but tried to have a good time anyway.
We drop by the climber’s meca, Railay Beach, which is surrounded by stunning limestone rock cliffs. Unfortunately, traffic from nearby Ao Nang has spoiled this once quiet destination and turned it into another busy Thai resort area.
After a somewhat disappointing reintroduction to Thailand, we head further up the coast to beautiful Koh Lanta. Here, we find the relaxed island paradise we were dreaming of.
We set foot once again in Thailand, on the tiny island of Koh Lipe. Unfortunately, we find this Andaman Island to be overcrowded, expensive, and suffering under the strain of too many tourists.
A lot of people we met initially discouraged us from attending one of Koh Phangan’s legendary Full Moon Parties. We heard many stories of violence, theft, unscrupulous police, and heaving crowds of idiotic youngsters. Despite all this, I still felt we should go. We were already in the area, with the party set to kick […]
We decided to continue island hopping along Thailand’s east coast and caught a ferry to Koh Samui. Erik visited this island 8 years ago and was surprised to see how built up it has become with 5-star beachfront resorts, upscale restaurants and bar after bar geared towards the almighty Tourist. Erik managed to snag us […]
We departed Bangkok to go island hopping around some of the gorgeous islands dotting the Southern Gulf of Thailand. First stop – Koh Tao! The monsoon months of May-October are generally considered the “low season” for travel through Southeast Asia. Frequent, heavy downpours keep most visitors away from this part of the world, and as […]
We had hoped our month-long travel-break back home would be an opportunity to relax, sit back, and enjoy the company of friends and family. In actuality, though, there were a million little things we needed to do to prepare for the next phase of our travels. For a start, we had to decide where to […]