Category Archives: Travels

A brief stopover in Sydney

It’s a beautifully still evening back in Sydney. The view of Sydney Harbour from my balcony in Edgecliff is always changing: sailboats, ferries, oceanliners. Tonight I’m particularly appreciating the cool, crisp air after two months of humidity in Thailand! Travelling always makes for very sharp shift in seasons.

Hacky Sack in Surat Thani

Today I came across the best game of Hacky Sack I’ve ever seen: three netted hoops strung up over the square alongside the river in Surat Thani! (at Surat Koh Samui Pier)

Life’s a beach

In Koh Samui at Palm Point Village… Life’s a beach. As though I hadn’t had enough hammock time on Koh Tao, on Ko Samui I found another beach front hotel and chilled out.

Koh Phangan

Farewell Koh Phangan! I’m departing Haad Rin Pier on the ferry south to Samui. The boat is filled with washed up backpackers, recovering from the full moon party two nights ago.

Breakfast view

Breakfast view at Blue Hill Resort in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party and Songkran… not bad!

Room with a view

I’ve been staying in Blue Hill Resort for the Full Moon Party. The room has a great view across the water towards Samui. Lovely staff too!

Amsterdam Bar

Sunset at the Amsterdam Bar & Stone Hill Resort pool, Koh Phangan. You have to be in the know… the turn-off to Amsterdam Bar doesn’t automatically signify a thumpin hotspot. The infinity pool swells with backpackers and cocktails as sunset approaches, and when the light fails the crowd quickly departs […]


These are some of the black light body paint designs you can get (for a price) at the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan.

Chalak Baan Kao, Koh Tao

Thanks Chalak Baan Kao for a wonderful stay! Koh Tao is only ~6km long and has the craziest hills… particularly for a scooter. There were times I asked Megan to get off the bike and walk down the dirt slopes, just in case.

A Beach Bungalow Whalerock

The view from our beach bungalow at View Point Resort in Koh Tao, Thailand. There are absolutely stunning beaches in Thailand. There are also some beaches that make a wicked postcard, but if you look closer and wade in for a swim, there’s kelp, plastic bags, bottles, and sharp coral.

View From Above

I found this barracuda on the rickety pathway to the Taraporn Restaurant in Ko Tao. A closeup on its eye reminded me of an aerial photograph of an open-cut mine or an oily rock face.

A Motorbike Tour Through Strawberry Land, Samoeng

I’m on a father/son motorbike trip through Samoeng & Mae-Se, northwest of Chiang Mai. It’s Strawberry country!! Strawberry shakes, strawberry wine, sweet strawberries, sour strawberries… and every farm we pass has a giant strawberry mascot out the front. It’s one of Dad’s first times on a motorbike… so I’m glad […]