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From big city to empty beaches. Last week, after I bid goodbye to Bangkok, I hopped on a post-TBEX tour to Trang and Satun provinces. These tours are designed to give the bloggers who attend TBEX to explore a bit more of the conference’s host country. Granted, Thailand and I do go pretty far back, but I’d yet to step foot in it’s two Southernmost provinces — so I jumped at the chance.

Our first stop was Trang, where we visited local artisans and island-hopped around to some of the region’s most treasured destinations, like the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook. Next we made our way to Satun, where we paddled through a spectacular sea cave, and explored even more hidden beaches. It was a whirlwind three days! I look forward to returning to some of the islands we stopped on again some day for a much longer stay.

Next week, I’ll be checking in from back on Koh Tao! And in between, we’ll have more posts from the American South to keep us busy. Till next time, here’s Photo of the Week…

Photo A

Weaving in ThailandA weaving cooperative in Trang

Photo B

Trang Province ThailandSimple and beautiful creations in Trang

Photo C

Trang Province ThailandThailand’s iconic longtail boats

 

Photo D

Satun Provice, ThailandA hidden beach in Satun

 

Photo E

Satun Provice, ThailandStegodon Sea Cave in Satun

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Andi
    October 26 2015

    D!

  • Kacy
    October 26 2015

    Both of these destinations sound truly fascinating! I love hidden beaches more than pretty much anything else in life šŸ™‚ Photo E is captivating, and makes me think of my geologist brother who would geek out hard in that cave.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      They even found fossils of a mastodon in there! It was a cool experience no matter how I sliced it.

  • becky hutner
    October 26 2015

    A — another pair of your photos that would be totally at home in AFAR magazine.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Someday… [insert dreamy look in eyes here]

  • Marie
    October 26 2015

    I never thought Thailand could be beautiful as this. Great pictures and I love each of the scenery. Earlier next year, I’m planning to go to Thailand. Thanks for this information.

    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      More posts about Trang and Satun headed your way soon, Marie. Stay tuned!

  • Jamie
    October 26 2015

    I love photo A, both for the colors of the fabrics and that woman’s smile! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Thanks Jamie! I loved watching her work. Brought me back to the weaving camp I did in girl scouts… yup, I was cool!

  • Gemma
    October 26 2015

    Photo D silently whispers ‘Thailand’ to me – it doesn’t scream it, it’s not a loud photo!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      So true… it’s kind of a foggy one šŸ™‚

  • Marni
    October 26 2015

    Photo D! There’s a purity to the picture that you can’t find too often nowadays.

    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Thanks Marni, that’s a lovely compliment.

  • Dominique
    October 26 2015

    E! Dark and mysterious! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Definitely the reader favorite this week!

  • Ashley
    October 26 2015

    Photo D! Interested to hear more about a part of Thailand that I know nothing about!
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  • Steve
    October 26 2015

    I am going to choose photo D. A hidden beach, sounds like paradise.
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  • Anca | Globaloud
    October 26 2015

    My memory of Satun is way different than what you captured it here and cause of that reason I will say Photo D!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Interesting! What’s your memory of Satun?

  • Jessica
    October 26 2015

    Hey Meihoukai,

    I’m going to Thailand in November and haven’t made any plans yet for the islands! I want to be in Chiang Mai around November 25 for the big festival there. Other than that, I have November 11-23 to spend around the islands. Any recommendations on where to go for November? I hear that Koh Tao has a lot of rain then.

    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Indeed, that is smack in the middle of our monsoon! The Adaman side tends to be lovely then though… check out the islands on the other coast šŸ™‚

  • Katherine
    October 26 2015

    That lovely smile of the lady and the vibrant colors of the fabric make A my favorite!

    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Thanks Katherine! I love taking travel portraits although I’m usually quite shy to do so.

  • Jones
    October 27 2015

    Yeah Photo D is my favorite. I love the greens and that there is a longtail boat in it.

    How’s the smog going on in Thailand right now? I got some friends there and a lot of them are saying it’s gotten pretty bad. Such a shame.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      It is indeed awful. The fires in Indonesia are relentless — hoping we get some relief soon. This article explains it well:

  • lony
    October 27 2015

    the cave looks really fantastic and the pics are perfectly clicked.

  • Britt
    October 27 2015

    I love D. Although you definitely tell that its taken towards the end of wet season- it has that misty look to it!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      It was indeed pretty wet while we were there. PS: Your upcoming plans look awesome!

  • rebecca
    October 27 2015

    Soooo wishing I was in Thailand right now
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Warning, once you are, you might not want to leave šŸ™‚

  • Sanna | Owegoo
    October 27 2015

    It’s always nice to explore new places, even in the country you call “home”., even if it’s “home away from home”. Beautiful pictures, like always.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      I love traveling around Thailand! Even after all these years there are still so many new corners to see.

  • Piotr Kulczycki
    October 27 2015

    Hi Meihoukai,
    what camera do you use for your travel photography? Maybe you write a post sharing what’s in your bag?
    Cheers
    Piotr
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Check out my obsessions page and my packing posts — it’s all there! šŸ™‚

  • Shaun's Cracked Compass
    October 27 2015

    D or E, it’s too tough to call.

    Looking forward to hearing about your experience at TBEX. (Congrats on presenting! It’s a big blogging career milestone) The one in Toronto was excellent.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Thanks Shaun. It felt like one! Already looking forward to Manila next year.

  • Julia Nix
    October 27 2015

    Photo D…looks epic.

    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      Thanks Julia! Definitely the clear winner this week.

  • Leah
    October 27 2015

    Photo D! That water looks gorgeous and I love the fog settling in over the trees. A very moody photo.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 27 2015

      A moody photo for a moody blogger… at least that’s how I usually feel when the sun won’t come out šŸ˜› This photo was an exception!

  • Elizabeth
    October 27 2015

    D! It looks magical!

  • Erika
    October 29 2015

    Photo A! It’s so colorful, and she looks so happy!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 30 2015

      I felt so lucky to catch that genuine smile šŸ™‚

  • Jael
    October 30 2015

    A! When you look at both photos side by side, they somehow contrast each other yet exude a certain harmony. Amazing colours on one side, winning smile on the other. Natural beauty at its best.

    • Meihoukai
      November 2 2015

      Thanks Jael. What a beautiful comment!