Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Railay Revisited — Is It Still The World’s Most Beautiful Beach?

I’m going to do something different for this post. I’d like you to read an old post first and see what you think. Go, read The Endangered Beauty of Railay — it’s short — and come back here. Right. Let’s get started. In the first piece, I briefly mentioned Gone Walkabout — but I didn’t [...]

El Codolar, Tossa de Mar: My Favorite Hidden Beach in Europe

As much as I’ve traveled in Europe, there has been one major gap in my European travels: beaches. I’m puzzled over how this has happened.  I’ve even been to cities like Lisbon, Barcelona, Rimini, and Venice without setting foot on any of their famous beaches! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous beaches [...]

My Personal Paradise: Thailand’s Andaman Coast

This week’s #FriFotos theme is PARADISE.  I’ve been fortunate to see hundreds of beautiful places around the world — but no place exemplifies “paradise” to me better than Thailand’s Andaman Coast. Here are all the things that make the Andaman Coast my personal paradise: The views, and the hidden beaches — like this one in Koh [...]

Announcing: Adventurous Kate’s Travel Calendar Shop!

It’s December — and that means it’s time to buy a 2012 calendar! I am pleased to announced that I have opened my first online store, the Travel Calendar Shop! And before you read anything else, you can get 50% off if you buy two or more with the code GIFT4THEYEAR — not sure how long [...]

My Favorite Beaches in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. Unlike my favorite places in Southeast Asia, I’m going to rank this list — I’ll list my top three beaches in Southeast Asia, and everything else is an honorable mention. My favorite [...]

The World’s Bluest Ocean is in Senggigi

Sengiggi could not be real. How could an ocean that blue exist? After experiencing hordes of tourist crowds in Kuta and Ubud, I was thirsting to get off the beaten path. There are definitely isolated areas to explore in Bali, but due to my schedule, I had to leave for Lombok. Lombok, the island east of [...]

Koh Chang: The Last Cheap Thai Island

Lots of people dream of finding a random island in Thailand, getting a beach hut for a dollar, and spending days doing nothing and spending next to nothing, just chilling on a beautiful beach with a guitar. I’m sorry to break it to you, but that image, more or less, no longer exists. Thailand’s islands [...]

How NOT to Go Skinny-Dipping

It’s a hot night in Sihanoukville, the sky is lit by the full moon, and the Gulf of Thailand is begging for a midnight dip. Do full moons lead to uninhibited behavior? Maybe they do, and maybe they don’t.  All I know is that a friend of mine, a guy whom I’ll call M, and [...]

Sihanoukville: The Ultimate Backpacker Party Paradise

I didn’t know what to expect in Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s most famous beach destination. Most of what I had heard was that it was a bit of a dirty, grungy beach, and worth visiting, but not worth a lot of time. Well, you know what? Sihanoukville is an amazing backpacker hangout and a party paradise. And [...]

The Endangered Beauty of Railay

Railay is one of Krabi’s most beautiful beaches, only accessible by boat and packed with islands of limestone.  Railay had been one of the destinations I had wanted to visit the most on my Asia Jaunt. In fact, I had wanted to visit Railay for four years! Right after I started my first post-college job, [...]