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Greetings from Koh Tao! I’m settled back on the island after my longest trip since September, a nearly two-week jaunt that brought me from Khao Yai to Bangkok to Hua Hin and finally down to Khao Sok. It was an amazing trip but it felt damn good to be home. I still feel like I’m playing catch up — when do I not? — and am busy cranking out tons of content, a few site updates and a billion emails behind the scenes. The great thing about living on Koh Tao is that when it’s time to step away from the laptop for a few hours, there’s a whole island playground to enjoy! This week I attended two yoga workshops, finally found a hiking route I’d been hearing rumors of for ages, went for a trapeze session, and even squeezed in an hour (literally one but better than none!) at the beach.

This week I’m looking forward to checking tons of items off my to-do list as well as celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Thai style! Here on the blog I’ll have a few final posts from my road trip headed your way — I’m already excited for you to read them. What’s on your agenda for the week? You know, other than picking a Photo of the Week, that is… πŸ˜‰

Happy Sunday!

Photo A

An afternoon and a swing on the trapeze

Photo B

A view from the end of a deep jungle hike

Photo C

Koh Tao eats — coconut water and mango sesame salad

Photo D

Cheers to another week in paradise

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Cate
    March 13 2016

    I love photo D! The illuminated silhouettes are fantastic. This week I have school and looking forward to a fun weekend!

    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      Hope it’s a great one πŸ™‚ Thanks Cate!

  • Danica
    March 13 2016

    I’m loving photo C! I miss sipping coconut water out of a coconut! Did you do a tour of your latest Koh Tao accommodation and I missed it?

    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      Nope, haven’t done one yet — I don’t do them until I move out, for security reasons πŸ™‚

  • Steph
    March 13 2016

    C – food and a view, who would complain?
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  • Leah
    March 13 2016

    I like photo D this week! Lovely silhouette…and I wouldn’t mind one of those coconuts right about now! It’s SNOWING here this morning!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      Say whaaaa?! I guess your dream of winter being over didn’t quite come true πŸ™‚

  • Shannon @ Aloha Olonas
    March 13 2016

    Picture A!
    I’ve never done a yoga workshop before, but I’d love to! Especially the acro-yoga one.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      It was so good! Acro and inversions… it was quite the weekend!

  • Steve
    March 13 2016

    After a long break Meihoukai I’m choosing photo D. Nothing wrong in spending time in paradise.
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  • Gemma
    March 13 2016

    Photo D, sunsets and pals – what more could you want? We’re catching some rays in Costa Rica before flying to Austin, TX for SXSW. St Paddy’s Day SX mixed in is going to be messy!

    SlΓ‘inte!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      Oh man, sounds like you are having an amazing week! Enjoy — I’m dying to visit Austin someday!

  • Charlotte
    March 13 2016

    Photo D, can’t resist a cocktail. Looking forward to being in paradise – our first visit to Koh Tao next week!

    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      How awesome Charlotte! Hope you love my island as much as I do πŸ™‚

  • Tempesst
    March 13 2016

    Photo D, I need one of those drinks!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 14 2016

      Everything tastes better out of a coconut, right?!

  • Maja
    March 13 2016

    Chears,The last photo is perfect πŸ˜€

  • Jojo
    March 13 2016

    I am looking forward to seeing what you will be checking off =) no big plans this week.

    I vote Photo C because there is a bigger picture and details.
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  • Winston Tabar
    March 14 2016

    Definitely Photo C!
    That view with those foodies are perfect.

  • Ijana
    March 14 2016

    Photo A! The sports that you do are all visually cool looking imho. I’ve done various types of yoga over the years but have yet to try acro yoga.

    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      It’s one of my favorites! So fun to play around with being up in the air, and lots of challenges with putting your trust in another person.

  • Thia
    March 14 2016

    Definitely C – that mango sesame salad looks delicious. I also love D, those silhouettes are stunning, D is like the perfect add for a fabulous tropical getaway

    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      I love making my friends model for me, ha ha. They are pretty photogenic though, huh?

  • Caroline
    March 14 2016

    I LOVE the first acro-yoga one πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      Thanks Caroline! It was such a fun few hours.

  • stephanie
    March 14 2016

    photo d for sure!
    i went to south east asia last year and stayed at koh tao for some days.
    wish i could have stayed there longer.
    hopefully ill be able to travel more later this year.

    πŸ˜‰ wish i was so lucky like you that i could travel whenever i wanted.
    love your website.
    xx

    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      Thanks Stephanie. I definitely feel blessed to travel as much as I do, and even more so to share my stories with you all here!

  • Kacy
    March 14 2016

    Photo B! I don’t know if I’d be able to leave that view!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      I know, right?! I wonder what the rent is on that place…

  • Janice Stringer
    March 14 2016

    Mango salad. Looks delicious.
    My daughter will be on Koh Tao in a few weeks time. This mumma will be waving bye bye to her for a few months. My loss is Koh Tao’s gain!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      Aw, sounds like we might just be ships passing in the night. I leave so soon! Heart is already breaking at the thought.

  • Ashley
    March 14 2016

    Loving the silhouettes in Photo D, but think I have to go with Photo C! I would kill for that coconut right now πŸ˜‰ and that salad looks incredible!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      I’m going to miss my daily coconuts so much! Sob…

  • Marni
    March 14 2016

    Photos B & D! The view in B is amazing, and the silhouette in D is perfect.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      Thanks Marni! It was a really beautiful week.

  • Dominique
    March 14 2016

    I love the fulfilled feeling you get when you reach your destination after a strenuous hike, so I pick B!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2016

      It feels so darn good! Thanks for voting, Dominique!

  • Susan
    March 16 2016

    Photo C, the salad looks so lite and good. The view is stunning as well! Colombia’s heavy food is getting to me:)

    • Meihoukai
      March 17 2016

      Oh man, I feel you. That was a real challenge for me when traveling in South America!

  • Maggie
    March 18 2016

    Wowww amazing pictures at Island….Especially Photo D is looks stunning….
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    • Meihoukai
      March 21 2016

      Thanks Maggie! It’s a gorgeous island.

  • Julia Nix
    March 20 2016

    photo b. anything over skyscrapers these days. paradise calling. πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      March 21 2016

      Skyscrapers definitely feel a million miles away from here!

  • Gloria Thomas
    March 21 2016

    Nice Pictures! the Photo C and D is Cool Photos. Thanks

  • Amanda
    March 22 2016

    Hey Meihoukai! I’m so sorry for asking this question, but I figured you’d be the right person to ask. I’m visiting South Thailand in June and I know Samui, Phangan and Tao are the best islands to visit during that time. I’m all booked for Samui, but I’m a little hesitant about staying in Koh Tao because of all of the recent unfortunate incidents. Do you think Koh Tao is safe to travel to? Thanks so much.

    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Hey Amanda! I always answer this question the same way. I’m a young woman who resides alone and I choose to live on Koh Tao. I think that speaks for itself — I wouldn’t move somewhere I felt uncomfortable. I go running alone at sunset, I walk home alone at night, and while I do lock my doors due to expensive electronics I keep inside, most of my friends don’t even bother. I have never once felt unsafe here! The more I travel and the more of the world I experience, the more I’m grateful for how safe and at ease I feel on Koh Tao. The media wildly misrepresents some of the events that have happened here. Hope that reassures you!

  • Sian
    May 26 2016

    Where was photo B taken?! Amazing!

    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2016

      Hey Sian! It was on a remote hiking trail between Dusit Buncha and Mango Bay. A very challenging hike that I’ll be attempting to blog about soon!