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Swimming with a naked Russian on Koh Chang

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden finds an unusual swimming companion on Koh Chang island.

I’m not quite sure what my first thought was on seeing the wiry, bearded man walking towards me along the beach that first morning. Sure, he looked normal enough, in his straw hat, shorts and T-shirt. But it was early (too early for the sunbathers that usually emerged after a late breakfast) and he seemed to be carrying a backpack (unlike your typical early-morning tourist out for some exercise before the heat became too intense). Read More

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Deep-water solo and sailing in Krabi

Guest blogger and award-winning Australian travel writer Louise Southerden makes a splash while rock climbing in Krabi, southern Thailand.

“This is not cliff-jumping. We know the difference. We are climbers.” So says a sign outside a climbing school advertising “deep-water solo” trips in Tonsai, one of two beaches on Krabi’s Railay peninsula, the one where serious climbers hang out. I’m staying at the other, more touristy beach, Railay, where the distinction between cliff-jumping and deep-water soloing leaps right over my head – and inspires me to do a deep-water soloing day trip myself. Read More

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A guide to diving in Thailand

Ever thought about diving in Thailand? Thailand has lots of wonderful dive sites on both sides of the Thai peninsula, many within reach of a day trip from Phuket and Koh Samui.

Coral reefs and wrecks lay a short boat ride away from the coast, but if you want to go further afield to the famed Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock then you will need to book a few days on a liveaboard dive boat. Read More