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I had this sudden realization this week that I have more time in Koh Tao behind me than ahead of me — at least for this trip — and it had me feeling all kinds of sentimental about this little rock in the Gulf of Thailand. While I had a long list of deadlines and a heavy workload, I often found myself closing my computer once the most urgent assignments were completed and leaving the rest of the to-do list undone in favor of sunset on the beach, paddleboard gossip sessions with friends, or sneaking off for a cheeky Thai massage. It feels pretty good.

Yesterday, I dognapped a friend’s pup for a hike across the island to Laem Tien beach. It was the first time I took my camera out all week. Happy Sunday, guys.

Photo A
Hiking on Koh Tao

Photo B
Boat on Koh Tao

Photo C
Koh Tao Thailand

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Petra @ We've Got The Bug
    September 28 2014

    Photo B! I love the bright blue sky and turquoise water. But that pup in A is pretty cute too šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      She’s a beautiful little dog and had the time of her life on that hike! It was a great time šŸ™‚

  • Sonja at Breadcrumbs Guide
    September 28 2014

    I love the color and composition of photo A. I may be a bit biased though, since I love dogs!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      I’m with you. Not having one is I think one of the biggest sacrifices of my current nomadic lifestyle… hence why I have to steal one every once in a while!

  • Jason
    September 28 2014

    A!!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      She’s a happy pup indeed šŸ™‚

  • Janice Stringer
    September 28 2014

    Hi Meihoukai,
    It’s Koh Tao – I like them all!
    šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Love having another Koh Tao lover in the comments šŸ˜‰

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    September 28 2014

    Ha, I agree with Janice šŸ™‚ They’re all lovely!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Thanks Miriam! It was a lovely little walk.

  • Ashley | Ashley Wanders
    September 28 2014

    Photo B- such a cool shot!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Thanks Ashley! I don’t know who put up all those cool hanging sculptures all over the beach — it’s an hour’s hike from the nearest road with nothing but an old abandoned hotel on it — but I do love them!

  • Chris
    September 28 2014

    I’d have expected it would be the puppy for me, no brainer, however I think B has snuck through this week!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      It’s hard to resist blue skies and blue water!

  • Anne
    September 28 2014

    Oohh, the beach is calling! I love Photo B! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      It might be calling me back today after work, too šŸ™‚

  • Kristina
    September 29 2014

    1000% A! Puppies are such joy magnets. They remind you to stop and smell the flowers and are always happy to see a new day.

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      That is so incredibly true and I can’t tell you how much I love the phrase “joy magnets” šŸ™‚ Happy days!

  • Sally
    September 29 2014

    Love the pictures! Random question which you may know better than most – what type of work is available to foreigners on Koh Tao (none freelance related). The only jobs I’ve heard of in Thailand are either teaching, bar work or specialised work i.e. diving instructor.

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Yeah, that’s pretty much it. My friends here mainly work in diving (teaching, administration or videography) or as bartenders. There is no ESL school here on the island but in other parts of Thailand that’s an option. And of course some own businesses, be they restaurants, dive schools, guesthouses, whatever.

  • Monika
    September 29 2014

    I like the compositions of the photos in C, but I love photo A! What could be better than hiking to the beach with a canine companion.

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Not much šŸ™‚ It would only be better if my little cocker spaniel Tucker was here! But since he doesn’t like long plane rides, this cutie Sadie was a great buddy.

  • De'Jav
    September 29 2014

    Luck you that you have more time ahead of you. Pics look pretty nice. I wouldn’t mind being in your shoes right now.

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Actually, more time behind me šŸ™ My leaving date is coming up all too soon. I know I’ll be back, though.

  • Justine
    September 29 2014

    I’m going to go with A this week…that puppy is so cute šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 30 2014

      I love her! Hopefully she becomes a regular hiking buddy šŸ™‚

  • Carleen
    September 29 2014

    Although the puppy is cute, I love photo B. It is just like my daydreams; it is hazy. How I would love to be anywhere by the Mediterranean Sea right now.

    • Meihoukai
      September 30 2014

      Well, this one is the Gulf of Thailand, but the Mediterranean is pretty damn gorgeous too! I’d take either šŸ™‚

  • Steve
    September 29 2014

    I am choosing Photo B. Need to look at something soothing this week.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 30 2014

      There’s nothing as calming as the ocean. Hope it does the trick x

  • becky hutner
    October 1 2014

    B! I love focusing on a detail against a beautiful background.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 2 2014

      I just love the creative use of coral! I might have to make some sculptures of my own in the same style šŸ™‚

  • Andrew Low
    October 6 2014

    Photo A for sure….her smile melts my heart….I am a dog lover….glad to hear that she is having the time of her life in Koh Tao….

    • Meihoukai
      October 6 2014

      I’m a dog lover too šŸ™‚ That’s how they end up in so many of my posts, ha!