The Best Island in Thailand


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January 9th 2015
Published: January 9th 2015
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Exotic, yet safe and easy; cheap, yet equipped with every modern amenity you might ever need, there is something for every interest, demographic and price bracket in Thailand. Yet despite the heavy flow of tourist traffic, the story goes, Thailand still manages to retain that quintessential Thai-ness, even in the most touristed of areas. Thais are known for their stereotypically carefree attitude,... Read Full Entry



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9th January 2015

Paradise is subjective :)
There is an island out there that's perfect for everyone. Ultimately what makes Thailand so successful as a tourist destination is that it knows how to cater to the widest variety of people. Oh, that “F*** you” smile...we've used that a few times over the years ;).
10th January 2015

Paradise is subjective :)
You got it! And the Thais are incredibly accommodating to tourist demands. I'd like to think that there was an island out there for everyone too, but with unabated tourist demand it may start to get a little crowded and people may have to start rubbing shoulders with an increasingly myriad array of wants and desires. Or else the global culture will see our needs converge making our uniform desires easier to accomodate - though not necessarily easier for everyone to get along!
9th January 2015
Eye spy!

Milez of Smilez!
Yes, I've heard of these rather insincere Thai smilez. But then again, perhaps they do coat the process of being screwed over better than screams or worse, which happens in other cultures. So glad you found your paradise, even if it's been recorded only in the cells of your being and not here on TB. Glad you got all these great photos before your fancy-dancy camera pooped out. My problem is that I'm a backpacker, but I love the solitude and space of your undeveloped, quiet, pockets of paradise. But hey, there's bound to be a little island like that for me, so you've assured me. I'm counting on it!
10th January 2015
Eye spy!

Milez of Smilez!
Many of the smiles have turned to snarls down through the years, but that is inevitable. Thailand may no longer offer that quiet undeveloped pocket of paradise on a backpacker budget. But fortunately - if you are interested - I know of a few places which still can.
10th January 2015

Land of smiles.
I wondered if you ever experienced that kind of child discrimination while travelling. Loved the F#$% you smile. I'd do the same.
11th January 2015

Child discrimination while travelling?
Absolutely! We've been discriminated against as foreigners, backpackers, a couple, as tourists and now as a family. And yet we've also been favoured in each and every one of those categories... Just gotta flourish those smiles and roll with it!
10th January 2015
Sunset, Koh Mak

Obsessional fever pitch
Planning and anticipation enhance the travel. Sounds like you found a little bit of paradise. Loved the smile.
11th January 2015
Sunset, Koh Mak

Obsessional fever pitch!
When I used to travel for extensive periods of time there simply wasn't the time to plan and anticipate in the same way...so I guess this a side-effect of more prescribed travel periods, which elevates their importance. Time leads to planning. Planning leads to anticipation. Anticipation leads to fever!

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