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Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Nakhon Si Thammarat January 27th 2023

FORTY TWO HOURS IN TRANSIT. Let’s just let that sink in for a moment. Forty two hours. In transit. That says everything about our commitment to being here. And now that we have arrived at our busy, but laid back, incredibly beautiful spiritual, musical, back-to-the-sixties love and bliss inspired island destination, where we shall remain for the next six weeks, it is without hesitation that I say every minute of those forty two hours has been a worthwhile investment. Of course this is a rose-colored lens view of reality, as some complain that the island is far too busy, and everything is crowded and booked to capacity, with many Russians and Israelites here escaping political nightmares, and others, like us, escaping the cold, but its an easy, long overdue, and well deserved break from the bombardment ... read more
Sunrise over Hong Kong
Stan’s Happy Dance arriving Bangkok
Ferry Terminal, Koh Samui

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand December 16th 2020

Sometimes we just need to get away from stress even if it’s just for a weekend. In 2019, I was fortunate enough to go on a weekend getaway with my husband in the province of Ranong in southern Thailand. Koh Phayam is one of the most tranquil islands in Thailand. The beaches are often deserted, which makes it the perfect relaxing beach holiday. How We Got There Getting there was an exciting process. We flew from Bangkok to Ranong. From Ranong, we were one step away from Koh Phayam. There are two ways to get to Koh Phayam, both of which involve sea travel. To get to the pier, you can choose a motorcycle taxi or a songthaew, a short minibus. We took the speedboat instead of the slow boat. It takes approximately 40 mi... read more
View from our resort
Koh Phayam

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Narathiwat February 10th 2020

Our hotel was a city style, clean and comfortable, the breakfast was adequate. In the morning we travelled in the van to the west to the railway station at Phunphin , we cycled through a busy town and across the chulachomkaou railway bridge and on through into rural southern Thailand along the banks of the beautiful river. To the temple at Wat Tham Sing Khom , an ancient cave was uncovered during construction work, it has examples of wall paintings and Chinese pottery embedded in the ceiling. The cave has become a place of worship and contains many buddahs! A quick snack and we headed on through a rubber plantation where we met local people harvesting the rubber, counting, weighing and transporting it to the factory for processing. I’m this area there were also many mango ... read more
Railway bridge at punphin
temple entrance
Cow at the temple

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Takua Thung February 9th 2020

We had a wonderful buffet breakfast in the dining room at the Nana beach hotel. This hotel was far busier than any others we have stayed however the food was great a good selection of American and local Thai food. I tried a banana leaf wrapped sticky rice with egg custard, it was delicious! We set off on the bikes around 8:15, stopping at the small town of Thungwualaen beach “literally the bull that ran away” to admire the bull statue and beach. We headed on along the coast again turning inland to stop at a rubber plantation and see how the latex is extracted and saved in cans strapped to the trees. Very rural and rich in beaches and rivers we encountered, cocunut plantations,shrimp farming fishing villages, cows and buffalo. The cows are often accompanied ... read more
Denis and Nick at the bull
our guide
rubber extracted

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Narathiwat February 8th 2020

It was a cooler morning and we had a lovely breakfast in the barn porpla resort Prachuap Khiri Khan. The cycle team arrived promptly at 8am and we set off through the town and over to the Air Force base. Pi Golf explained about the Japanese invasion where many Thai policeman were killed during the Second World War so Japan could access Burma across this thin peninsula. We cycled On to visit the Waghor aquarium and further through beautiful jungle with verdant palm trees with occasional glimpses of the shore line. We wound on through an area mainly populated by Scandinavians within the Wat Hanakon national park and had a rest stop at a local police station, where we ate snacks and chatted with a policeman. We continued through similar landscape winding through small roads often ... read more
Nick rising through the park
Nick and Denis in the park
houses in the park

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Nakhon Si Thammarat February 16th 2019

If not wanting to leave is an indication of having had a good time, then Koh Phangan definitely meets the criteria. Leaving on such a note is quite effective at getting you back, as this is now our 3rd annual return to this laid back island in Southern Thailand. Each year presents different experiences, and each year we extend our time here. Our first visit was 2 weeks, last year 1 month, this year 6 weeks, and we are planning 2 months next year. We‘ve always stayed at the same small resort, having lucked out right from the get-go with a place that we love, and have now begun to feel a bit like family as well. Our initial motivation for coming here was to find somewhere warm and dry in Thailand, where we could wait ... read more
Have I Mentioned We Love Biking?
 Every Song is Gratitude
The Sun Rises on Tessa

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Nakhon Si Thammarat February 12th 2019

When travelling to countries where you don’t speak the local language, silly events often happen that can put a smile on your face. Take for example this experience. Bev decided this year to take some Thai language classes. She found out that in the Thai language, questions and responses as kept as short as possible. No need to speak in sentences when one word will suffice. Well that doesn’t sit well with Bev, as she has a tendency to talk; to elaborate upon things. For breakfast we usually have eggs, plain pancakes, muesli and yogurt, along with a fruit plate of bananas, pineapple and watermelon. One morning, Bev decided she wanted banana crepe pancakes, instead of the plain pancakes. In great detail she explained in English, to our Thai waiter, what she wanted for breakfast. Satisfied ... read more
Dinner Napkins with Attitude
Breakfast by the Sea

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Nakhon Si Thammarat January 9th 2019

Our Air Asia tickets from Bangkok, to the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand included a two hour bus transport from Nakon Si Thammarat airport to Donsak Pier, where we would board a ferry for the three hour transit to our island destination. Its a pretty sweet service that Air Asia offers. However, in the aftermath of tropical storm Pebuk, the ferries were still not running the day prior to our departure, although we were told by Air Asia that they believed they would be running the next day. We decided to risk it, the worst case scenario being that we would be spending the night somewhere near the ferry terminal if the ferries weren’t running. We wanted to get to KP and begin our yoga studies, not put in another day of waiting in ... read more
Agama Yoga Campus Main Teaching Shala
Agama Yoga Spiritual University Campus Grounds

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand May 26th 2018

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Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand April 8th 2018

We began to slowly head up North to Bangkok. i tried to divide my return trip in smaller chunks to appreciate it a bit more. Watching Thailand's map, to go from Khao Sok or Khao Lak to Bangkok, would require 3 steps to make the trip not too hard. It would then be; Khao Sok - Chumphon - Pranburi, (i liked that place) - Bangkok. Chumphon. This is a region that is never mentioned anywhere, but usually is a pit stop along the road. Using hotel booking website, found a very nice hotel in that region according to reviews, and price was really good. It was Villa Varich. Without a GPS you wouldn't find that place!!! You leave the main road, and very rapidly, the road signs don't have english anymore!!! But that place, is really ... read more
Villa Varich grounds
indian roller

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