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Dec 7, 2008 - impetigo infection at the beach

beach is lovely and only accessible via boat, internet outrageously expensive so no place to update the journal. we have rented an interesting raised house that is largely open (not many walls) and comes equipped with a kitchen which has been put to good use trying to bake fish and make our own curries. elliot has surmounted his pox and his fear of the ocean but celeste has meanwhile picked up a skin infection during her frequent "sand baths." very hot with three types of primates outside our rented house and a gazillion mosquitoes.

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Aug 11, 2008 - Thailand - Railay

Hiding behind a layer of impenetrable cliffs, Railay is possibly one of the most stunning beach locations we've visited so far on our trip south through Thailand. Accessible only by boat from Krabi, it certainly has a remote feel to it. Our journey to it from Koh Samui involved a minibus, a coach, a ferry, another coach, a mini van and finally a long-tail boat - but boy was it worth it! Krabi province is said to be one of the most beautiful in Thailand - the kind of place that comes to mind when you're daydreaming about beach paradises....

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Aug 9, 2008 - Krabi - Railay Beach

Since the beginning of our trip, we've seen tons of stray cats, and not a single one has had a full tail - most just have nubs that are about a centimetre long. We just found it strange, but never thought much about it until we were talking to someone recently. She had heard that people apparently cut them off at eat them! Just a gross, interesting point that I wanted to share. To get to Railay Beach, you have to take a longboat. We arrive at the pier just after dark, and there are just a bunch of shady Thai men ... we end up walking to the...

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Aug 2, 2008 - A Divers Paradise

Angie and I broke away form the group today to get some diving in and it was well worth it. We took a long tail boat off Phi Phi island and did two dives. On the first we saw two beautiful hawksbill sea turtles and on the second we had a wonderful srift dive along a wall. Both of us agreed that that this was some of the best diving we have ever done!! You'll have to wait until the pictures are developed to check it out!!

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Jul 24, 2008 - Railay

So it’s been around 6 months since I got back to NY from my trip, but a number of people have suggested that I finish off my journal while the memories are still somewhat vivid in my head. So while these entries will be shorter and less detailed, I hope you still enjoy…. It was the day after the full moon party, all my friends had left/were leaving for other places, and so I too decided it was time to move on to my next destination. I took a long tail boat to Haad Rin, went to a travel agent, and booked transportation from the east islands...

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South East Asia Trip

Jun 14, 2008 - Update!

No worries, I am alive...We got back to Chiang Mai Thursday night after our three day trip. We had a great time together and I have actually continued on with the couple from Austria and plan to meet back up with another one of the guys on the trip in Ko Tao. To sum up the trip, we didn't do as much trekking as I thought we would, and it wasn't too strenuous. However, that turned out to be okay...on our treks through the jungle, I managed to get attacked by leeches on both of my feet. The first day we drove up in the mountains on a super...

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ASIA TRIP 2008

Apr 27, 2008 - Where in the World is "JZ"?....entering Thailand!

Where in the world is JZ!?! ...heading to Thailand! Woke up this morning at the crack of dawn not to birds, but to the Muslum chants. Well, I made it safely through Malaysia, AND my mom has survived without having a coronary!! :-) This morning we got an early 6am start. We got a "pimped" out shuttle bus to take us on an 8 hour drive from Malaysia to Thailand. The Malaysia drive had scenery of many rice field along the expressway. Then, we made several stops for immigration/customs...not too pleasant! Once we got into Thailand, we had to say...

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Mar 10, 2008 - March 7-10 - Ton Sai Beach, Railay

So, Ton Sai beach is located in a little bay just around the corner and a short long tail boat ride from Ao Nang, however in comparison it feels like worlds away! The atmosphere was much more laid back and relaxed and the majority of people staying there had little interest in the beach or shopping, but rather the massive limestone rock faces encompassing the bay on all sides, ripe for a stoked up climber...which is what brought us here! Ryan and Anne Marie (Meaghan's brother and his girlfriend for those of you who don't know) had very...

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Mar 10, 2008 - Railay Beach- Krabi

We then finally arrived mid day in Railay. This has been my favorite island so far! Here is one thing about Thailand that I have noticed: When you get out of boats, or are asked to enter them en route to islands, when the boat man says "go to the last boat", that does not mean actually going to the furthest boat on the dock. It means, climb over like 12 boats until you get to the last one. (I have video footage of this) As well, I'm not quite sure how we got our packs onto these boats, but whatever, after throwing them onto boat after boat...

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Southeast Asia

Feb 1, 2008 - Railay & Ton Sai

We had been on the Gulf Coast (east) of Thailand for nearly three weeks and had decided that it was time to head to the Andaman Coast on the other side. The place we wanted to go to was Railay and this involved a ferry from Ko Pha Ngan, a bus across the mainland and then a longtail boat to Railay. We decided to book a combined ticket for this journey to save any hassle. The two hour ferry ride was fine but the promised three hour bus journey was a nightmare, taking five hours with the driver managing to pack 70 people onto a 50 seater coach...

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Jan 31, 2008 - Railay Beach

Description The most beautiful place I've ever been. Massive limestone cliffs jut out of the water and surround amazingly beautiful sandy beaches that aren't nearly packed with tourists. There are a few high end resorts and a few crappy hotels. There's no pier (we had to get on long tails from the ferry to be shuttled to shore) and there's no roads. It's just a few sandy beaches connected by walking trails. Highlights Took a rock climbing course on Lead Climbing which I had always wanted to learn. I was surprised at how complicated it...

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Dec 2, 2007 - Railay

We arrived in Railay around midday and were immediately stunned by the beautiful scenery. It is part of the main land but due to the tall limestone cliffs roads are unable to connect the town to Krabi and we had to get a long tail boat there. When we rocked up the tide was in and covered the mangroves in water which looked amazing. There was a guesthouse dead close to the beach front so we checked it out and were completely shocked with how much they were trying to charge for a crappy little room. Almost a tenner for a fan room with cold...

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