Top Activities and Attractions in Koh Samui

With lots of beautiful beaches, rejuvenating spas, and diving hot spots in the corals or partying hard all night, Koh Samui, is a non-stop beehive of activity. This resort town, full of upscale hotels and fancy bars and restaurants, is the second largest island of Thailand and is situated in the Gulf. The mere mention Read More …

Cat Ba Bay’s Monkey Island: A Romantic Getaway in Vietnam

Cat Ba Island is made of beautiful limestone islands with karst formations covered in green jungle.  Cat Ba is the main island of an archipelago in Lan Ha Bay which is right next door to Ha Long Bay.  I spent 2 nights castaway in Ha Long Bay 3 years before coming to Cat Ba and frankly speaking, I Read More …

Taking on Indonesia? Make Sure to Try These Islands

 Indonesia is a country full of delights, with a very unique landscape. A series of islands make up its geography, with intrepid travelers only able to reach every spot if they make the jump between shores. Today, let’s take a look at some of the best islands to try when you’re out in Indonesia. Kepulauan Read More …

A Week in Thailand’s Andaman Sea

Thailand’s Andaman sea is a fantastic magical, place where dreams go to grow up and become even more grandiose fantasies. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got storm clouds providing a refreshing downpour or blue skies radiating above you, Thailand’s southern islands are sure to please.  This was my second trip to the Andaman (last February I Read More …

Ulleungdo – A weekend on Korea’s exotic island

Exploring Korean exotic islands is quickly turning the summer of 2015 into one of the best of my life!  We jumped on the Seoul Hiking Group bus and headed to he eastern port of Donghae before setting up tents on the beach and waking up to the waves.  The 3 hour ferry from Donghae to Read More …

Bijindo – Take 2 on Korea’s Hidden Paradise

This weekend I took my second trip to Bijin Island (Bijindo).  Last time I called this slice of paradise a “hint of Thailand” just off the southern coast of South Korea.  This trip proved that to be even more true as the waters warmed up and the sun joined us for an incredible weekend.  The only Read More …

Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bijin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained Read More …

A private long boat – Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

After playing with tigers in Phuket Brian and I headed straight to Koh Phi Phi.  This island paradise became famous after Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Beach; a movie about pot farmers and hippie tourists set on Koh Phi Phi.  Although the ferry from Phuket takes less than 2 hours plan a half day for your journey since they Read More …

Castaway on an island in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Day 2

Waking up on Castaway’s boat in Ha Long Bay and walking to the sundeck for a relaxing morning would have been fantastic.  It was cloudy and we had to transfer to a smaller boat soon after breakfast and hustled across the side to the other vessel.  A few hours on these choppy seas caused the worst Read More …

Shimanto City, visiting an old friend in Japan’s hidden gem

My co-workers Susan, Steph and I decided to head to Japan for this Chuseok’s (Korean Thanksgiving) long weekend.  We stopped for the night in Tokyo before flying to Kochi where my college teammate Andrew picked us up for a 2 hour drive to Shimanto, a remote town where he has lived and taught English for Read More …