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The luxuries of dreamy Ko Racha

A special guest post by a girl named Bird. All too quickly and flippantly the word “undiscovered” is attached to the words “Thai island” and the hearts of numerous beach-loving travellers start beating a little quicker. For this reason I’d quickly like to state that Ko Racha Yai, a small island found 12 miles off […]

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Thailand without the tourists

 Thailand without the tourists Holidays to Thailand tend to be all about lazing on the beach for most people. But there’s stacks more to this fascinating country than sun, sea and sand. Joe Bond heads to the Isaan region, home of spicy Som Tam salad, mountains, ancient ruins and traditional culture. Exploring Isaan The region […]

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Enchanting spots: Koh Mak, Thailand

A special guest post by Barbara Weibel. A Vacation Where No Building is Higher than a Coconut Tree I stepped off the speed boat that had whisked me from the mainland of Thailand to Koh Mak, a tiny island in the far eastern Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border and realized I’d found paradise. […]

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Phuket: a sweet and sour harmony

Thai cuisine is based on a simple philosophy: the harmonious mixing of the five basic tastes – sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter. In that same manner, the Island of Phuket is a fusion of all these flavours and represents, in its own unique manner, the essential Thailand. Sweet Urban Life If this is your […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Ko Phi Phi Le

The stunning island of Ko Phi Phi Le in Thailand was the film location of “The Beach”. Read the accompanying post: “A Tropical Paradise, Five Wishes and a Setback“. See other Velvet Moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Positano, Italy The Great Ocean Road, Australia Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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A tropical paradise, five wishes and a setback

“A tropical paradise, five wishes and a setback” (A page from my Travel Journal) I’m sitting here on Ao Nang beach in Krabi province (southern Thailand) just a few steps from my bungalow at the Krabi Resort. The sea breeze is gorgeous and the view of the Andaman Sea and the amazing limestone outcrops jutting out […]

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A world of inspiration: Amazing Thailand, Amazing People

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ was written by Honor Dargan, who is a British expat in Japan. Honor was in Phuket, Thailand, on that fateful day in 2004 when more than 200,000 lives were lost after a massive tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea. She shares with us […]

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A world of inspiration: A Lesson in Humanity from a Thai Ladyboy

m4s0n501 ‘A world of inspiration‘ enters its 14th week with this wonderful article by Dan Haneveer who hails from Tasmania, Australia. One element of this series that I particularly love is its diversity; featuring people from different backgrounds in various countries around the world. Dan’s article is a precious lesson in diversity and acceptance. It accentuates […]

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