More from Koh Phangan Island

More from Koh Phangan Island

I departed Koh Samui to the smaller quiet island Koh Phangan with its reputation for the “FULL MOON” party. I was at the north end of the island on a quiet secluded beach, staying at the Anantara Rasananda Hotel. Happily, they had upgraded me to a ocean suite with...
Eight Days of Absolute Bliss (and Bootleg!)

Eight Days of Absolute Bliss (and Bootleg!)

I spent my first three nights on Thailand’s Samui Island, staying at beachfront hotel The Library, reading and recovering from jet lag. Then I moved over to the fitness/wellness resort Absolute Sanctuary, where I stayed eight days for a round of healthy living. The...
Transfer to Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Transfer to Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa

This photo shows a flooded street on Ko Pha Ngan. Next is the speed boat I took over to Koh Samui. My accommodations at Le Méridien Resort in Koh Samui were upgraded to a suite overlooking its own courtyard and private pool and outdoor bathtub. Very...
Sea Crossing to Ko Pha-Ngan

Sea Crossing to Ko Pha-Ngan

Ko Pha-Ngan is an island off the central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand forming part of the Chumphon Archipelago. Located halfway between the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Tao, it is known as a land of coconut trees and world famous full moon parties. To me, it is a...
Life is Short, Don’t Hesitate…

Life is Short, Don’t Hesitate…

As I have been traveling on the other side of the world my thoughts keep drifting towards memories of my cousin Jay. There had been many times when Jay talked about someday joining me on one of my SE Asia trips. I realize that among my travel blog subscribers, many...
Spirit Houses

Spirit Houses

With food this fresh and delicious I could imagine becoming 95% vegetarian. Today I took a taxi into town after the rain. I had several options for lunch including Indian, Italian, and Thai food. I ended up just wanting to come back to the Wellness Spa for healthy,...
Asia 2017 Departure… and Arrival

Asia 2017 Departure… and Arrival

It seems so long ago when last Tuesday I boarded the first of four flights bound for Koh Samui, Thailand. Once again aboard First Class on Cathay Pacific and with a first class book to read on the flight. An Introduction to Stories I Tell on Dates by Paul Shirley....
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

We boarded a short fifty minute flight from Dalat to Hoi An. The alternative option was a two day car trip. I must say that my sister Beth is the most enjoyable travel mate you could ask for. She is always cheerful, happy to undertake anything, and has a special gift...
Visiting Dalat, Vietnam

Visiting Dalat, Vietnam

This is my third visit to the cool mountain region of Dalat, an old French colonial town where wealthy residents of Vietnam had gone to escape the heat. Vietnam had been under French rule for 200 years and before that controlled by China. Only after the end of “the...