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Dubai, UAE Dublin, Ireland

Dubai & Dublin Double Layover

If it wasn’t obvious, we didn’t want to leave Khoka Moya. At all. But we knew that our two day layover back to London meant we’d need to stick to our original travel plans.

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Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Island Ride: Koh Samui & Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

 

We conquered our long flight from Heathrow by sharing favorite wedding memories, reading about the Thai islands and watching three (subpar) movies: Finding Dory, Suicide Squad, and The BFG.  Koh Samui’s airport welcomed us in the humidity with a one loop baggage claim, and a small taxi stand of drivers eager to pick up tourists. We were using Koh Samui for its convenient airport, but we’d be heading immediately out to Koh Tao, a smaller island famous for snorkeling and diving.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Khaaaa! Bangkok, Thailand

05Jan2017

Being in a metropolis like Bangkok was strangely comforting, like the buzzing feeling I get when I return to NYC after a long trip away.  The city welcomed us with lights, traffic, Uber, cocktails, rooftops, and shopping malls- all things that I thought would be a turn off after being in such small towns and being so close to nature, yet we fell right into step with the pace of the city.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Same Same but Different in Chiang Mai, Thailand

03Jan2017

When I look back, I think that Chaing Mai was the stop on our trip when we lost a bit of steam.  We didn’t map out an itinerary as we’d done in previous cities, but this was probably just what we needed at this point.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Live from Luang Prabang, Laos

Make time for Laos, people!  It’s definitely easy to fall in love with this much sleepier town after being in a bustling city like Hanoi.  The main street is just a mile long between the post-office to the peninsula.  Chic weaving shops display intricately woven goods, cafes flaunt French pastries, and day spas offer massages all along the the boulevard.