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Wet and Wild Songkran

Wet crowd

After a pretty scary flight from Hanoi we arrived in Bangkok for a short two day stay. The weather was not cooperating while we were in the air and there were severe thunderstorms and heavy winds above Bangkok. We’re pretty sure the pilot had to abort one landing attempt as the weather was too violent and the plane was forced to fly past the airport and into the gulf of Thailand before doubling back for another attempt. The second time around the weather cleared and we touched down without incident.

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Top 5 Islands

Top 5 Islands

As our journey begins to near its end we are becoming increasingly reflective over these past few years. We’ve decided that a great way to cap off our journey and our travel blog will be to post a series of top 5 lists. We stole the idea from our friend The Gentleman Adventurer Chris Liberty. Over the next few weeks we will sporadically post these lists. We hope you enjoy them.

Here is a list featuring our top 5 favorite islands from the journey:

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Overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Traffic

The overland route from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia is infamous for its scams and shenanigans. If you don’t properly read up on this journey you are very likely to fall victim to one of them along the way. We spent quite a bit of time researching and as a result were able to navigate our way through all of the more common scams. Still, I found myself in a ‘situation’ on the Thai side of the border, and we did encounter some corruption on the Cambodian side.

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Big City Bangkok

Luke and Wat

Bangkok is a BIG city. Like, seriously big. Almost ten million people live in this sprawling metropolis and it really feels like it. From the minute we stepped off our train from Suratthani (which was five hours late by the way grrr…) we were confronted by the magnitude of it. Of course, things probably felt slightly more overwhelming seeing as how we had spent the last two months living on quiet, slow-paced islands. Still, Bangkok is an undeniably intense place.

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Goodbye Koh Phangan

Why don't we live here???

Today is our last day on this beautiful island and we are obviously pretty bummed to be leaving. These past five weeks have been such an amazing time and it’s always hard to move on from a good thing isn’t it? That said we are really excited for our last few weeks on the road and our fast approaching return to Canada.

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Just Another Day in Paradise

Beach vball team

We have been on Koh Phangan for about a month and our stay so far has been everything that we have hoped for!  I believe that staying anywhere for around a month is just enough time to really get to know a place and to get a good idea of what life is really like there. Obviously you are just scratching the surface and can’t call yourself a local just yet, but you do start to see a lot of things from a non-tourist perspective.  

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Living the Island Life on Koh Phangan

Wonderful place to hang out

At the moment, our lives are as perfect as lives can get.

We decided a few months ago that when we got to Thailand we would find an island and settle down for a month or so and that’s exactly what we’ve done. We chose Koh Phangan on the Gulf of Thailand and it has proved to be an excellent choice.

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Enjoying the Sun in Krabi

Railay Beach (2)

After a very, very relaxing week at Koh Jum we reluctantly returned to the Thai mainland. Our next destination was the town of Krabi. Taking the same route out that we took into Koh Jum, we made fairly decent time and arrived at our hostel by 10am.

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Koh Jum, Thailand

The grounds at Sun Smile

We woke up bright and early the next morning in order to ensure our chances of getting to Koh Jum in good time. After much research we discovered that there are only two ways to get onto the island, both of which had the potential to be complicated for us coming from Trang.

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First Stop in Thailand, Trang

Seafood paradise

When we arrived in Thailand off the ferry from Langkawi, Malaysia we had no idea where we were going to go next or how we would get there for that matter. We hadn’t had any internet for the week we were in Batu Ferringhi so we hadn’t really been able to make any informed plans. Based on our guidebooks description we had the vague idea that we should try to get to a city called Trang. So, after passing through customs that’s what we did.

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