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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta May 8th 2016

While Kendall spends her days in the shade, drawing and scratching and painting all the beautiful wildlife and vegetation of Koh Lanta, I have been getting my ass kicked once a day at the Lanta Muay Thai Gym. Owned by Mr. Williams who was once a stadium champion, the gym is a corrugated metal roof over two large rings and a long hall filled with bags of every flavor. Little children run around while shriveled old thai men observe the young fighters in training. The smell of weed and thai liniment oil is everywhere, and at 4 pm, the temperature sits at 98 degrees with 80% humidity. The metal roof turns the whole matted area into a giant sauna. I have never been so hot in my life! But there is an upside - when the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta April 30th 2016

So we didn't end up finding those fights. As the season changes, the tourist money dries up, restaurants and inns close, and the local Muay Thai stadiums shut down. Instead we walked along the beach at night and found a bar with a fire-dancing amateur hour. We sat and drank cocktails by the ocean watching drunk foreigners scorch themselves with spinning balls of fire. A delightful end to our night. Since we last wrote, Seth and I have been going around and more fully exploring the island. There are several beaches here, each more beautiful than the last. Our first week here we stayed at Banana Beach Resort on Klong Dao beach, where the resorts cater to Swedish / northern European families instead of backpackers and beach bums like us. The next beach over is Long ... read more
Muay Thai on the Beach
Orchid Nursery
Orchids at Lanta Orchid Nursery

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta March 28th 2016

I have been in Koh Lanta for the last 3 weeks. As a single digital nomad, it can get lonely from time to time when you show up in a new town and don't know anybody yet. Not only did I get to make friends more quickly upon arrival, but I also got to network with other digital nomads and learn about the various ways they all make money. About 3 years ago, I had seen the nomadlist.com which ranks the best places for digital nomads to live based upon a number of criteria including Internet speeds, cost of living, and quality of life in general. I accessed the nomadlist.com because I wanted to head to the Islands in Thailand and wanted to know an Island that ranked high on the Nomadlist. There, I discovered that ... read more
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Beach Restaurants

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta February 28th 2016

Coucou les amis ! Bon je sais, il y a un grand laissé aller de ma part concernant la constance de mes posts...je suis juste un mois en retard, pas de quoi en faire une histoire :P Alors retour en Thaïlande...comme je disais dans mon précédant blog, je partais en excursion de kayak à Koh Lanta. Quelle aventure !! Ma nouvelle amie des States et moi on part donc à la découverte des îles avoisinnantes avec un tour organisé, non sans être douteux. Exploration de caves, escalade de parois rocheuses glissantes à pieds nus, la totale ! On nous a même fait attendre dans une cave, noirceur totale, pour une bonne heure...le bonheur quoi. On a tout de même vu des paysages à couper le souffle, dont l'île en forme de crâne humain. Le lendemain, histoire ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta January 4th 2016

From Bangkok, (entry coming soon), I took a night train to Suratthani. I paid slightly less for a comfortable upper bunk bed, and had a very nice train trip (no need for Valium!!) The most entertaining part of the trip was a Thai woman who got on the train with what seemed like all of her worldly possessions plus an entire shop inventory in various bags. She took over every remaining storage space in the car of the train with her boxes and bags and then went around saran-wrapping it all so it wouldn't fall down during the trip. Yelling (yelling) directions at the constant stream of men carrying her things onto the train the entire time. I arrived at Suratthani, got a bus to Phuket, ate some breakfast and left. The 4 hour bus ride ... read more
Fish Massage
View from my Balcony in Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta Sunset

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta December 30th 2015

Wednesday 30th December 2015 We were up at 9am, packed, checked out and headed for breakfast. We had toast and eggs and then boarded the big ferry at 11am which would take us 1hr 15 mins across the sea to Koh Lanta. I'm not sure about Gemma, but I was a little nervous having had 2 previous sea journeys scare the crap out of me. This was fine though as the big ferry had no problem smashing its way though the waves. Looking out the window of the ferry I could see that the sea was just as rough leading me to believe that either it's always like this and therefore our terror on the longtail boat was just normal, or that there had been quite a big storm to create such big waves. We arrived ... read more
Relaxing start to the trip
A little lost on the way to the beach
The scenic route to Lanta Old Town

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta November 24th 2015

So the first week of my big trip has been and gone. The trip here was long but not to bad and worth it when I arrived on this beautiful island even though it was pissing it down with rain when I first got here. There is not much to do here apart from hanging on the beach but I have found the wonderful Oasis Yoga studio run by two fabulous and inspiring women so I quickly signed up and I do least one yoga class every day. The sun came out to join for 3 or 4 days and man it was hot but today it has been raining and blowing a gale fingers crossed for some improvement so I can get this tan going properly.... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta October 7th 2015

Hello everyone! Have you missed us?? Before I launch into why and how we're in Thailand, let me tell you about some exciting news I have! As you may know, I've had the goal of becoming a professional travel writer for quite some time now (as in, my whole life). Travelblog.org (host of the blog you're currently reading) has been a great platform for me to use for these past 6 years. It's given me some good exposure and let me gain a nice following of readers and fellow travel geeks. But there's only so much I can do with them, so I'm happy to announce that I have just launched my VERY OWN travel blog!! It is appropriately called "Odyssey of the Blonde Giraffe," and you can check it out here: www.odysseyoftheblondegiraffe.com From now on, ... read more
Haze - Before and After
Our Daily Get-Up
Dinner and Drinks on the Beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta December 8th 2014

We wanta Ko Lanta Can we just talk about the motorbike situation, please? I'm tired of appearing well traveled and laissez faire and pretending that observing impending death daily doesn't wear at my soul. Anyone who has been to Asia or Indonesia or Central/South America knows what I mean, and can picture the rogue motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic, helmetless, obeying no lanes or lights or traffic signals or sheer common sense. And to be fair, it's like the drivers are all participating in some grand symphony that my ears are not attuned to. The horns and motors and swerves to the left and right are like music, with a grand conductor in the clouds that white people aren't able to see. And it's not like there is just one person riding on these ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta November 12th 2014

Koh Lanta Ripping around the mental roads on this island is more fun than it should be. The use of the scooter is great to explore and also to be free from walking on the roads and away from the Tuk Tuk death traps. The sense of being completely at peace is soo strong on a small island like this. There is no work, bills, idiots or hassle anywhere to be seen and it is great, life is simple and I think it is the best I have ever experienced. No work, no home, no worries! Everyone is very friendly and the smile goes a long way even though the language breakdown is tough, when you think you are getting somewhere with a conversation you end up just making things difficult and some one else gets ... read more
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