15 dives in 4 days: Liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands

15 dives in 4 days: Liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands

Dive Eat Sleep Repeat. That’s the accurate logo of Khao Lak SCUBA Adventures, the company with whom I booked a 4 night, 4 day liveaboard of diving in the Similan Islands off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. With 15 dives including one night dive and two sunset dives, the day really did go from sleeping to diving to eating and doing it all again. Exhausting but well

Diving in Koh Tao

Diving in Koh Tao

We first heard about Koh Tao from people on Utila: a few of our friends had lived on the island and many others had visited at one time or another. Like Utila, we were told, it’s an island of diving, relaxing, and having a good time but with better food, beaches, and scenery. So when we started to chart a course south from Bangkok, we didn’t even think about going

Ancient Ruins and Copulating Monkeys

Ancient Ruins and Copulating Monkeys

Jen and I have reunited in Thailand and after a stint in Chiang Mai where Jen became certified in the first level of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage, we headed south to the ancient city of Lopburi. Temple ruins are officially the tourist draw for Lopburi but in reality, I think most people come for the monkeys. They’re everywhere: scurrying across power lines, shimmying down lamp posts, overseeing the sales counters

An Elephant Ride to Remember

An Elephant Ride to Remember

We rode elephants. We fed them; inspected the area between their toenails for sweat; assessed the dirt they’d collected overnight in different sleeping positions; counted the number of coconut-sized turds in their most recent dumps then inspected one for color, hydration, and smell; we washed them – the elephants, not the turds. But most importantly, we rode elephants. With my 65-year-old parents. There are numerous places in Southeast Asia to