Category: Thailand

I’m not telling you – ‘Coconut Island’

I couldn’t stop staring at it.  It was at a ninety degree angle, horizontally protruding across the idyllic beach and into the sea.  I’ve been chasing coconut islands for a while now, it’s part of the incurable dreamers disease; a never ending quest in search of the worlds wonders. Most coconut trees are vertical, ascending…



Bangkok – ‘Last Night In Bangkok!’

After just over 7 weeks in South East Asia it was finally my ‘last night’. I had booked into my favourite hotel in Bangkok, New Siam II. I’ve been using this place since my love affair with Thailand started; it’s clean, has friendly staff, great food and a nice swimming pool. It ticks all the…



Koh Phangan – Full Moon Week

I haven’t been able to complete a blog post for the last week, the reason for this is quite simple; I’ve been acting like a demented owl, raving all night to psychedelic dance music and sleeping all day in an alcohol induced trance. It was Full Moon, the venue was Koh Phangan, the ingredients liquor,…



Koh Lanta – ‘Reggae, Reggae, Reggae’

‘Everything is gonna be alright, everything is gonna be alright, everything is gonna be alright’ sang the man with long jet black dreads, wearing a white shirt with the sleeves cut off. His full reggae band jammed behind him and the vibes projected from the music lifted the mood of the whole bar. I absolutely…



Koh Tao – ‘Muay Thai Baby!’

At 6am, the beach seems just as asleep as the diving community that live there. The sun has yet to put his hat on and for that reason the temperature is cool. The mist and lack of direct sunlight allows the beach to look as if its colours have been filtered; it’s almost as if…



Koh Tao – ‘Just Dive It!’

As I pressed the valve with my left hand, I could feel the air in my buoyancy start to deflate, slowly through my mask I could no longer see the surface of the sea; I was emerging into it or to put it more simply – going under! Inhaling oxygen through my gas cylinder and…



Koh Tao – ‘Me, My Backpack and I’

On the boat to Koh Tao Island, I was pestered by a Thai bloke wearing an orange T-shirt with bold letters printed across the back that read ‘LIVE AND LET DIVE! BIG BLUE DIVING SCHOOL’. He promised me that he worked for the best diving school on Koh Tao and that he would provide me…



Pai – Koh Tao – ‘The Night Train!’

On every trip to Thailand, I’ve always wanted to complete my open water diving course, but unfortunately I’ve never got around to doing it. On this trip I was keen to make it a priority and successfully get it done. Koh Tao, the ‘turtle’ island on the east course is known worldwide as the cheapest…



Pai – ‘A Day In Pai’

Three hours from Chiang Mai, not too far from the Thai-Burma border, hidden in the mountains, situated by a sleepy river, you’ll find a hippy village called ‘Pai’.  A million miles from anywhere, peppered with reggae bars, waterfalls and temples; Pai made an instant impression on me.  I’m feeling creative so to try and bring…



Chiang Mai – ‘Welcome to the Jungle’

With a black bandanna around his head, a leather strap over his shoulder that holds a fifteen inch knife and a squirrel chained to his shoulder, ‘Abba’ resembles a character from a Vietnam War film. ‘Abba’ (that’s what he calls himself) has been a trekking tour guide in Thailand since 1982. ‘You eat scorpion in…