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08 May, 2020

Blue water, beautiful sights, monkey bites

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. We hired a private long-tail boat to take us on a three hour tour of a few different locations around the islands that are only accessible by water. It cost us $1500 bhat (about $60) and it was worth every penny, and then some. […]

02 May, 2020

Arrival at Phi Phi

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In my previous post, we had just taken the ferry to the Phi Phi Islands. We were excited about the promise of island living for a few days. Disembarking wasn’t nearly as tranquil as promised by our first views from the ferry. […]

18 Apr, 2020

Ferry to Phi Phi

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I’m feeling a bit bleak my friends, so I’m picking up where I left off re: Thailand diaries. To read past posts in this series, click here. At this point I would like to share a few points I jotted down in my paper journal I was keeping during this time under the heading Lessons Learned: Drink […]

02 Feb, 2020

The risk that paid off

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In the most recent chapter in this series, the youngest daughter and I had just visited Big Buddha, a religious site in Phuket, Thailand. Thankfully, we found our driver waiting for us in the parking lot, just as he had promised. (Phew.) […]

25 Jan, 2020

Big Buddha

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. Some of you MAY HAVE ALREADY DEDUCED that I was, er, SLIGHTLY anxious at almost every turn during this holiday. I shared photos from our trip on Twitter while we were there and someone said I was brave. BRAVE. Ha. HAHA. I […]


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