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May 1, 2007 - It rains in paradise too

The time came to leave Phuket and farewell I place that was making the pretty come to life. The upside is, I'm off to Koh Samui so it should continue. I had to be ready by 7.45 am for the bus and half an hour after that he arrived. We proceeded to pick up more passengers until the minibus was full. We then took off a lot of the drivers rubber on his tyres as he high tailed it too fast along some bumpy roads and bottomed out many times. One was really bad and he slowed down a little after that. We arrived at a drop off point and not told...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Apr 3, 2007 - Aaron and all other things fun!!

Hi All Just a quick message to our loyal readers...sorry we have been neglecting you this last week. Aaron (little bro) arrived on Friday and we decided that the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan was a suitable location for our reunion...as you can imagine we've seen the inside of more bars than internet cafes! Aaron hasn't disppointed, already putting us through our paces and making Jamie and I wish we were both ten years younger. We've decided to whip him away to Koh Tao in a few days, were there are less bars for him to drag us round!...

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Dec 28, 2006 - THAILAND: Ko Pangan

With New Years Eve approaching I headed to Ko Pangan to meet friends from home. Some were flying in from England for holidays while others taking a break from traveling to meet up. It was great to catchup with everyone and there was a good bunch of us at 10. Nobody has changed. However Gerry was donning the surfer-traveler look after a few months on the road growing his blonde locks and creating the stubble-look! Hee hee..... Will rocked in as unorganised as me, with no room booked for the busiest time of the year! We paraded from resort...

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Nov 26, 2006 - Paradise (a.k.a., Ko Samui, Thailand)

There isn't a whole lot to say about our time in Ko Samui, an island on the east side of the Thai peninsula in the Gulf of Thailand. We've spend our week here laying on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, sleeping . . . in other words, taking a (not necessarily well-deserved, but greatly appreciated and probably needed) break from the constant traveling and sightseeing that the rest of our trip has entailed. It has been wonderful. The water is clear and warm; the days are long and relaxing; the weather is perfect; and Laura is now...

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Jul 12, 2006 - Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand

We arrived back in Thailand and headed down the gulf coast to the island of Koh Tao which is world renowned for its SCUBA diving. It is also one of the cheapest places to learn to dive. Patty and I decided that we had to do it. Patty freaked out the first day in the ocean, but she went out the next day for some one on one instruction and finished the class. I'm very proud of her. I went on to complete an advanced class that included a night dive and a deep (30 meters) dive. It is an amazing feeling that is out of this world, literally. ...

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Jun 29, 2006 - End of the Islands

So our first night in Ko Samui, Randi, Steve, Monika and I treated ourselves to a great little Italian dinner in the Firsherman's Village (a short cab ride from our hotel). The village is so cute and it dominated by all these little (great looking) restaurants. The Italian place we went was a bit expensive but AWESOME! The chef is actually Italian and the food was unbelievable. Last night we went out with the whole group to a place on the beach - the food was ok but somewhat of a disappointment after the night before! After dinner we hung...

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Jun 28, 2006 - Ko Tao - the final hurrah

We made it to Ko Tao an island on the Eastern side of the mainland, seeking escape from the sporadic downpours on Ko Phi Phi. We have given up backpacking and took a not so cheap, newly built, architect designed, flash bungalow option with our own private view of the ocean. Ahh... paradise. Weather wise our change of island proved to be a good choice, the sun beating down everyday whilst we relaxed on our beach. Ko Tao is home to the dive resort. A concept we had never learned of until we started diving in Belize. If you want to go diving...

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May 25, 2006 - Ko Samui - GOOD WEATHER YEAH!!!

Arriveed in ko samui by 12 hour coach ride and 3 hour boat ride. Weather is great, scenery is amazing. This is the Thailand I wanted! Got chatting to a few people on the coach and decided to head for big buddah beach on the NW side of Ko Samui. They recommended a place called Shabalah to stay at, so I decided to head there. Got myself in a shared taxi type thing (this was the VIP version, complete with aircon) and got dropped off at the Shabala bungalows. The bungalows didn't come in as cheap as I was hoping for at 600 bhat a night, but...

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Rich Goes Travelling

May 18, 2006 - Samui - Hat Mae Nam

Haad Mae Nam is a long beach and good for swimming. The monsoon weather has started, and it rained for the day that we were there. The wee village was exciting after not having been near shops, and it was good to buy cheap fresh fruit and wonder around! There is a good place for drinks and food on the beach called 'Escape' - which is owned by a really friendly Thai lady.

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May 14, 2006 - Day 117 Update - Koh Samui

We left koh Phanang at 9am and headed back to Koh Samui, needless to say we were both knackered and still half cut. We went to the pub and scoffed down a breakfast and checked back into some accomodation and went to sleep until 8pm. Went back to the pub for dinner and then back to bed. The whole day was spent sleeping and recovering.

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May 12, 2006 - Koh Samui

We have now landed in Koh Samui. After an adventurous day of travelling from Koh Tao, we were pretty exhausted when we arrived at our hotel. We had purchased tickets on the high speed catamaran but the one arriving to pick us up broke down in the middle of the ocean. So, they booked all the Samui and Panagan travellers on the "slow boat". I must say at first glance it was pretty scary. Especially seeing how many people were boarding. All I could think of were the ferries that have sunk in these areas over the last few years. It actually...

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May 12, 2006 - Day 115 Update - Koh Samui

We left a Patong at 1pm, the weather was terrible which didnt make for good travelling. We were squeezed into a small mini bus for 4 hours while we travelled North to a small village where we changed buses and then onto a ferry port. We met an Australian bloke called Bill who we shared a few beers with on the ferry and had a few games of cards. We landed in Koh Samui as 8:30pm and was taken from the ferry to our pre booked accomodation near Chaweng. We were starving after the long journey and hunted for a few restaurants before we stumbled...

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