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Jan 17, 2015 - Up to the 17th January

Well, left the hotel in Ranong after breakfast....never mind, only around 2/3hrs drive and we should have reached our hotel. Well, drove through the jungle, amazing scenery, unspoilt. The road was ok, a 2 lane road so normal. It was a bit windy...as in bends. Arrived in Khao Lak. Now I'd read it was a National Park....not! It's very bright...sorta tacky bright! Prap's it's the area which is a National Park? Exmoor/Minehead? Who knows? Anyway, following the GPS which won't allow us to put in the hotel or the road (don't really know what part...

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Dec 8, 2013 - Khao Lak

Khao Lak After a pretty uneventfuL journey, apart from Ruth admonishing a Dutchman in a small group who had been drinking for sometime! to modify his language! we arrived at Surat Thani. One of the better night trains, it was comfortable, not too cold and the train/track weren't too noisy. The train was an hour late and our pre-arranged pickup were not happy about it as they had started out before five that morning anticipating the train's arrival at 07.15. They were cheerful enough when we got going. An uninteresting journey to start with...

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off we go!

Apr 22, 2012 - finishing off the week in the storms and rain

We said goodbye to our bike and I dropped Ang off at the resort then drove the bike back from whence it came after filling it up with fuel bought from a toothless old bag at the side of the road who should have had a mask and a swag bag considering that she charged me 10 Baht more than the day before for the same fuel. I walked back to the resort along the sand and it started pelting it down which was OK as it was hot rain and I needed a shower anyway. We have actually started eating in the restaurant at the resort more as it is really nice...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Thailand by the sea, and the rain

The air asia flight from KL to Phuket was really good and took no time at all, just a few weather bumps and one drop which got everyone oohing. We had arranged accommodation for a week at a resort in Khao Lak which is about an hour North of Phuket and they had arranged a taxi to pick us up. As soon as we stepped outside of the arrivals hall there were loads of people asking if you wanted a taxi or a place to stay, we politely smiled as you are advised to do and said we had one booked. We saw a sign with the name of the complex on and our...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Adam solo - Scuba Dive

My solo adventure began at the bus station in Thailand, where I boarded an overnight bus to take me down to the coast of the Andaman Sea, off the western shores of southern Thailand. I had read that this was one of the best dive locations in the world and a real destination for even the hardcore divers, so I figured it was a good place to splurge for a big trip. I got my dive certification back when I was 17, and since that time had only gone diving twice, once in 2003 and once in 2005. Despite my relative inexperience with it, however, I...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Nov 30, 2010 - Turn off your mind, relax ....

and float down stream It is not dying It is not dying.... I am hanging out in this huge 2 bedroom suite in The Marriott Mai Khao Beach and need to check out in less then an hour to get to the Ferry to go to Koh Phi Phi Island. I am chilling in the lap of luxury and figured I should touch base with all of you real quick and post some pictures while I had the use of a computer and a decent Internet connection. So, after my last entry, I left Karon Beach and caught a ride up to Khao Lak which is about an hour or so north of Phuket Island....

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Mar 26, 2009 - Khao Lak

We found what we thought was a bargain, it looked like a cute little bamboo hut from the outside and looked ok on the inside, really cheap. Then we tried to sleep in there and i have never been surrounded by so many bugs in all my life, we got eaten alive and that was with the "mosquito net", which hyad so many gapping holes in it you couldn't really call it that! Anyway that aside its not a bad place the beach is quite nice and there are a few cheap little restaurants to eat at. However we decided to only stay here two nights as there...

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Feb 18, 2009 - Khao Lak

Arrived into Phuket airport and caught a taxi to the highway to wait for a public bus up to Khao Lak. It happened that a tour guide, Mr. Chu, on his way back to Khao Lak from the airport stopped and offered us a ride there for a bargain price. Very interesting 1+ hour journey learning about his life in Khao Lak - he is not only a tour guide, but also owns an ice cream shop and is the regional meteorologist. Very interesting to get his perspective on how the Tsunami had hit this small town particularly hard (80% of deaths in Thailand were...

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Feb 14, 2007 - En Route to Khao Lak

It's either the effects of the sun, or from hearing the miscreant mispronounce famous Thai dishes, but I'm not feeling 100% this morning. In order to cover all bases, I sleep in as long as possible. I pack the remainder of my items into my bags and head off to meet Delicatino. As I make my way across the 6 town blocks to Jamie's hotel, I am solicited by, at least, 30 taxi/tuk-tuk/moto drivers. The thing that amazes me is that if I am not stationary, arms prepped for hailing, chances are I don't want your cab; I am choosing to walk. Can you...

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SOUTHEAST ASIA 2007

Jan 8, 2007 - Day 117 - To Khao Lak and the Similans

After another morning of rubbish internet connections, we gave up on updating the site for a while. We were picked up and taken to Khao Lak for our diving adventure in the Similans. Once on the boat we had a detailed briefing and were shown our cabins before dinner and bed. Little did we know the horror that was about to follow. Leaving port at about 11.30 pm we had a 3-4 hour trip to where we would make our first dive the next day. Man alive. It was SO rough. Despite being given a sea sickness tablet the minute I stepped on the boat I...

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Apr 22, 2006 - Khaolak again

So last night we tried to go out in exciting downtown Koh Lak. . . it's not that much going on. This morning I was trying to get motivated to head to Puket to get a flight to BKK. Lital and Ricky were supposed to head to Chompon for a night and get back to Koh Tao but instead Ricky, Lital and myself are heading to Phuket to spend a couple of nights down there since none of us have been there yet. Oh how things change. Am I ever going to get to Africa? I can't even get out of Thailand right now! ;) Thankgod my visa expires at the end of...

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Apr 13, 2006 - Elephant Nature Park

Anja tried to hand the elephant a bunch of bananas, but his trunk carefully waved them off as if he was not really hungry. "He's a sweety", said the Mahout and smiled. He then moved the bananas on top of the large basket of fruit to reveal some pineapples and pumpkins. The trunk returned immediately to grab several of the sweet fruits in one elegant move. We are visiting the Elephant Nature Park one hour's drive south of Chiang Mai and have taken 2 days off to assist at the farm. The founder, Sangduen "Lek" Chailert, takes care of 28...

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