Review: Wicked Diving – 6 day Liveaboard Similan & Surin Islands

The Similan and Surin Islands rank among the top 50 dive sites in the world and no wonder! The water is invitingly warm, crystal clear, with great visibility and the wildlife underwater is stunning. From macro stuff like nudibranches and blue dragons to the huge pelagics like visiting whale sharks and giant mantas, the Similans and Surins have it…

The White Manta

An excited clanging jars my attention from the schools of yellow tailed snapper I’ve been watching. Brett, my dive guide, is ahead, his entire body tense, his arm pointing into the deep blue. He glances behind at us, gestures with two fingers extended. Two. I peer into the gloom, eyes peeled for movement. We are…

Spotlight On: Harvie from A Farang Abroad

Harvie from A Farang Abroad is just “a regular guy who decided to go traveling without a plan back in 2012.” He spent a year living in Thailand working as a teacher, then moved to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) late 2013. His style of travel is immersion, staying in one area for…

Choosing an Ethical Elephant Encounter

If you’re heading to South East Asia, chances are an elephant encounter is high on your list of Must Do’s. Elephant rides are one of the most popular items on many travellers lists. There’s just something about these gentle giants that capture our imagination, and given the chance, many of us would want to spend…

Bangkok in 3 days

Mad, loud and congested, Bangkok takes some getting used to. Like all great cities, though, there are many layers to Bangkok, and like a sultry seductress, the city does not give up her secrets easily. We spent a short three days there over Christmas, squeezing in as much as we could, including a daytrip out…

Phuket, I love you long time

We land in Phuket in the late afternoon, a low haze on the horizon greeting us as we landed. Our accommodation is in Kata, a 30 minute drive away from the airport. At first glance, Phuket shows no sign of the hedonistic beach lifestyle it is marketed for abroad – we pass by industrial lots,…

Top 5 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

A New Year means new possibilities and new beginnings. The start of things. A chance to do things over. On New Year’s Eve, people around the world gather to celebrate the past and toast to the future. There are many ways and places to ring in the New Year, but for something above and beyond…

Thailand’s Tiger Temple: Why we’re not going

The irony of it all is that we planned this upcoming trip to Bangkok because we really wanted to go to the Tiger Temple, located in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province. I mean, who can say no to a really cool photo with a big cat?! And the chance to, you know, stroke it? And for only…