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BONDING WITH THE MOKEN SEA GYPSIES | มาเล่นมาชิวกับชาวมอแกนกันดีกว่า!

BONDING WITH THE MOKEN SEA GYPSIES | มาเล่นมาชิวกับชาวมอแกนกันดีกว่า!

After a few days of adjusting-ourselves-to-primitive-island-life, it was time to properly bond with the lovely Moken Sea Gypsies.  We came up with games, taught them to sing, and simply hang out with them, trying to learn as much as possible about them and their way […]

FIRST GLANCE OF NORTH & SOUTH SURIN ISLANDS | THAILAND

FIRST GLANCE OF NORTH & SOUTH SURIN ISLANDS | THAILAND

The sound of the calm ocean woke me up as a warm, gentle breeze with a hint of salt hit the tip of my nose.  With my eyes still closed, I was reminded that I had just spent my first night on an island.

ARRIVING AT THE MOKEN VILLAGE, SURIN ISLAND | THAILAND

ARRIVING AT THE MOKEN VILLAGE, SURIN ISLAND | THAILAND

Last year I had a spontaneous trip to the Surin Island National Park in the South of Thailand, and this trip has and will surely remain my Top 10 favourite trips of all time.

Accompanied by my childhood friend and her freediving instructor, I hopped on a speed boat from Phang-Nga province in the West coast and headed off to our destination.  Just like most tour boats, there is a mix of foreign and Thai travellers and some staff from the touring company.  I however spotted a small group of young men who didn’t look like visitors from abroad.  They didn’t look like guides either.

They all had very similar features, height, big shiny eyes and beautiful dark skin.  They spoke some sort of dialogue in which didn’t at all sound familiar to me.  My freediving instructor then explained that they were the “Mokens”.

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MY ISLAND ADVENTURE TRIP–AN INTRODUCTION

MY ISLAND ADVENTURE TRIP–AN INTRODUCTION

Have you ever wondered how it is like living on an island 60Km, off-shore with no electricity, water supply network or phone reception? Last year I visited a sea gypsy village near to where my friends and I stayed for our getaway.  I never knew […]

A VISIT TO HMONG HILLTRIBE NEW YEAR MARKET

A VISIT TO HMONG HILLTRIBE NEW YEAR MARKET

One of the places I always make sure I visit when I travel is local markets.  Why?  Because it is one of the best way to learn (more) about the culture there. Towards the end of my Rosa’s Road Trip in Phetchabun, Thailand, we decided to pop […]

VIBRANT COLOURS OF CHIANG RAI FLOWER FESTIVAL 2015

VIBRANT COLOURS OF CHIANG RAI FLOWER FESTIVAL 2015

Winters are beautiful, cold and white, but without a single flower in sight.

I found myself waking up in Chiang Rai, where Thai people travel to in our cold season to experience something somewhat close to “Winter”.   The “wintery” weather here isn’t so cold but cool enough for certain types of flowers—categorised as winter flowers among the Thais—to blossom.

A van picked me up from the Dusit Island Resort and headed straight down to one of the landmarks of Chiang Rai city, “Tung Garden”.  This was where the vision of varying vibrant colours struck me, and that vision was real.
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COOKING A THAI SEAFOOD FEAST WITH KHAO KOR LOCALS

COOKING A THAI SEAFOOD FEAST WITH KHAO KOR LOCALS

It was our final night of at Saiphin’s hometown in Khao Kor, and we all knew it was going to be epic. Nearly 20 people gathered up at Saiphin’s house as we started to prepare ingredients for our cook-up session.  Prawns, squid, kaffir lime leaves, coriander root, […]

THAI-LAOS CULINARY TIME WITH KHAO KOR LOCALS

THAI-LAOS CULINARY TIME WITH KHAO KOR LOCALS

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Having arrived at Saiphin’s house in Khao Kor district in Petchabun province, Thailand, I found myself surrounded by the laughter and joyful smiles of Saiphin’s friends and family.  It had been a year since she last visited her […]