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May 30, 2009 - Pak Bara

Pak Bara gets a good write up in the Lonely Planet which describes it as 'turning in to a popular place to hang out for a while', goodness knows why. We found it to be a case of the destination not living up to its hype, basically there's some restaurants selling Thai food for tourists and not much else. I couldn't wait to move on especially as I slept in a room which hosted too much of the local wildlife for my liking, so we temporarily parted company as I headed off to the island of Ko Lipe.

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Where's Malcolm?

Jan 12, 2009 - Ko Bulon Leh

If you are looking for a quiet, natural island away from the noise and revellery of the likes of Phuket or the more crowded Thailand resorts, then Ko Bulon Leh is the place. This small island remains unspoilt by the developers. The small number of resorts are all bungalow type, no TVs, AC or hot water, electricity is rationed to certain times of the day. This may sound a little basic, but the sheer beauty and tranquility of the island mean that this is all you need. Pansand resort is probably the pick of the resorts basically because it is...

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Jan 11, 2009 - Pak Bara

Pak Bara...on the southern Andaman Sea. This is a jumping off point for the islands down here, but Pak Bara itself is pretty and I like the bungalow I've rented (Bara Resort), so I'm staying for an extra day - need to anyway in order to visit travel agents and book accommodation on the islands, plus boat trips. I think tomorrow will be Ko Bulon Leh for 2 days, then I have Ko Lipe pre-booked from the 14th to 18th - Mountain resort. After that, up to Trang - Ko Muk perhaps. Beautiful weather, hot but not too humid, clear skies. dry. Getting...

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Jan 10, 2009 - Hat Yai to Pak Bara

Travelling from Hat Yai to Pak Bara. 2 hour air con mini bus ride. I was lucky enough to get the last available spot...back row squeezed in between 3 muslim ladies...so not much conversation...or leg/knee room. Grateful for the iPod. Remind me not to sit on the back row, at least not without a sick bag...the road to Pak Bara is on a par with come of the dirt roads in the countryside in eastern Quebec..... Found a great place to stay, Bara Resort - see photos on next posting....

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Apr 17, 2007 - Island hopping and back popping!

Hi All We left Phi Phi Island this morning and took a boat across to Koh Lanta where we all plan to treat our bodies to a well needed rest from Whisky buckets and the Reggae bar! We made our last night in Phi Phi one to remember with the added bonus of seeing my brother more drunk than ever witnessed before - hilarious! He actually fell out of bed THREE times!! Our plan for the next few days is to take in the beaches of Koh Lanta, have the odd Thai massage and make the most of Aaron's last week in Thailand...sob. Poor Jamie seems to be...

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Apr 14, 2007 - Happy Songkran - Wet 'n' Wild in Thailand!!

Hello All, HAPPY SONGKRAN (Thai New Year)! Songkran is the festival of water and basically involves getting people as wet as possible using any tool available - buckets, pistols, water bottles, cups, balloons, etc. The water signifies washing away of sin and the beginning of the rainy season so although it did get a little messy (for some reason they also cover people in flour and water) it was great fun and all done in good spirit! In addition to the water pistols our friend Mother Nature has helped out with a healthy dose of rain...

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Apr 20, 2006 - Beaches without footprints...

An especially appealing feature of Koh Lipe is the fact, that it is surrounded by some of Thailand's last uninhabited islands. Either tiny, smaller or quite big, you'll find only jungle and completly unspoiled beaches on them - and of course, completly untouched coralreefs surrounding them. As it was the end of the season with very small tourist-numbers, you could spend an entire day on these beaches, and only with a little luck, not see somebody else the whole day - a stunning experience, the closest to paradise as you can get, if you ask...

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Axel in Asia

Mar 9, 2005 - Same same but different

I've only recently left Ranong, a welcoming provincial town renowned for its hot springs and separated from Myanmar only by the Pak Chan river. Ranong is one of those refreshing places where you feel like you're in the midst of Thai living rather than in a world geared mostly for tourists. The internet cafe here is filled with Thai boys with crew- cuts playing noisy computer games. I feel like I've been in southern Thailand now for an eternity - the long days and languid heat, combined with officially being on 'Thai time,' all the time,...

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Dec 18, 2004 - Koh Tarutao, Thailand

Under advice from some friends we met on Ko Kradan, we decided to head further south to the island of Ko Tarutao. It is a national park and has been kept very wild. We camped for two nights there and explored the island in the day. We saw crab-eating macquaques (I know that's spelled wrong!), wild pigs, and snakes. We hiked to a waterfall and swam around in the clear cold water.

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