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Go Deeper: Get Advanced Open Water Certified thumbnail

While back in Koh Tao for one more week of island fun, I tagged along on a few dives with Lindsay and MM, who were both getting their Advanced Open Water certification. I did my own advanced certification back when I was living in Cayman in 2010, and I was so excited for them to do…

Flying Through The Palm Trees: Trapeze Lessons on Koh Tao thumbnail

When I made the decision to use some of my precious fading time in Southeast Asia to return to Koh Tao for oh, I don’t know, the billionth time, I made a promise to myself that I would try at least one new thing on the island. And I knew exactly what that one thing would…

Photo of the Week 95 thumbnail

Photo of the Week is a few days late this round, thanks to the hectic process of choosing a dive school, finding a place to rent and generally settling into my new island. But first, I had to hop from the Philippines to Indonesia via a 24-hour layover in Singapore. Phew! I had planned to head…

It’s a Bloggers’ Prerogative… thumbnail

… to change her mind. That’s how the saying goes, right? I sure hope so, because not too long ago I declared that I was moving on from Koh Tao — that I was forging ahead to find my next piece of paradise. And yet just around six weeks later, I felt that familiar siren song…

Design Hostels of Southeast Asia thumbnail

Southeast Asia has long been reigned by the simple guesthouse or the luxurious five-star resort — something for the backpackers, and something for the jetsetters. But a new class of flashpacking traveler has emerged — a backpacker at heart but on a budget with wiggle room; someone willing to splurge a bit in the name of…

Bangkok’s New Hipster Hangout: Talad Rot Fai Night Market thumbnail

One of my favorite things to do in Bangkok is visit the vibrant marketplaces — and you guys love to read about it! Some of my most popular posts are on Chatuchak Market, the Vespa Market, and the nighttime Flower Market. I was pretty crestfallen to learn that the Vespa Market is at least temporarily closed…

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