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Trip: Thailand

There are [11] stories from my trip: Thailand


Living like the locals - hilltribe trek

THAILAND | Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | Views [976] | Comments [1]

After a rustic night at a homestay in a wee village outside Chiang Rai (complete with a traditional Thai music performance from the kids at the local high school), we were off into the mountains with our lovely (read frustrating) group. James and ... Read more >

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Chiang Mai

THAILAND | Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | Views [697]

Continuing with the mass tourist route, we did some really touristy things, unfortunately. We spent most of the 12 day "Intrepid" tour trying not to be mainstream 'tourists' and dying to get off the very well beaten tourist track. Think of ... Read more >

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A Life for Every Sleeper

THAILAND | Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | Views [807] | Comments [1]

In 1942 Japanese and Koreans were the bain of the local and POW population as they attempted to do the near impossible and construct a 415 km railroad from Burma to Thailand via the infamous River Kwai and Hellfire Pass in just over a year. The end result, ... Read more >

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Songkran Madness!

THAILAND | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Views [2105]

Songkran - Thai New Year. Every April, throw water on all moving things, rub mud on people's faces. We have been lucky enough to experience this festival several times. Khao Lak - April 13. The whole water throwing beside the beach party. Bangkok ... Read more >

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Unforgettable Andaman Safari

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [1110] | Comments [2]

Despite having a very uncertain future, it is not all doom and gloom for Koh Phi Phi. Phi Phi Don is the main island, which has the vast majority of the issues. Phi Phi Lei to the south is basically uninhabited, as it is a national park and gathering ... Read more >

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MANTA RAYS!

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [771]

Saw them! Absolutely incredible. Being underwater in beautiful, warm, clear water and having these enormous, graceful rays swim right up to us - indescribable. I know James will say more, but all the rockiness on the boat, 5 days and 4 nights not setting ... Read more >

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Musings

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [752]

Just taking a few days to rest and recover from a very full on week. It was quite funny that Easter came and went before we even realised it was Easter! The big thing here is the Songkran Festival, and it just happens to be perfectly timed for our one ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Koh Phi Phi

THAILAND | Saturday, 7 Apr 2007 | Views [731]

Arrived to this famous island and was horrified. I was angry at the thoughtless tourists who wandered around the town in tiny little bikinis. How little respect can you have for other people's cultural norms? How hard is it to throw a sarong over ... Read more >

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An Island that lives up to its name

THAILAND | Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | Views [650]

Name a place after what you are supposed to find there and in my experience you rarely find given namesake when you go there – take One Tree Hill for example. What a totally pleasant surprise it was to spend a good five minutes diving with a turtle ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Kolkata to Paradise

INDIA | Sunday, 1 Apr 2007 | Views [1121]

So we've arrived in Paradise after the trip from hell...   Had a mission day in Kolkata (never again will we try to live in that chaotic city at over 30 degrees with no room to base ourselves in...) Our flight didn't leave till 2am, so we had a bit ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Fun Times!

THAILAND | Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | Views [986]

Fantastic time in Thailand - squishing so much into each day that I struggle to remember what we've done (good thing we're noting stuff in diaries!) Highlights include: mandarin juice!! Freshly squeezed with bits in it ... mmmm 15,000 stalls in 4 ... Read more >

Tags: Markets