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Best of the Southwest Thai islands (so far)

A taste of my recent island hopping in Thailand’s Andaman Sea.

A dog hangs out by a long tail boat on Ko Muk, with Ko Kradan in the distance.

Tracks in the sand, Ko Libong.

Sea-side road, Ko Sukorn.

I'd never seen flowers like the ones on Ko Bulon Lae.

Vibrant boats, Ko Lipe.

Motorbiking through Ko Libong's jungle.

A low tide scene from Ko Muk's beach village.

Ko Sukorn's mangroves at high tide.

Police station, Ko Bulon Lae.

Local kids on Ko Libong.

Rubber trees on Ko Sukorn.

Raw rubber being tapped on Ko Bulon Lae.

Raw rubber being tapped on Ko Bulon Lae.

These things are everywhere on Ko Bulon Lae; this one was about four feet long.

Don't fall baby goat!

Hello kitty.

The locals of Ko Sukorn sure love their caged birds.

Local garments drying, Ko Bulon Lae.

Hard working tuk tuk driver, near Trang.

"Solitude", Ko Kradan

Jungle hillside at noon, Ko Libong.

Pristine ocean-jungle scene, Ko Libong.

Inexperienced long tail operators, Ko Kradan.

Mystical shutters, Pakbara.

Had to include at least one island sunset, this one from Ko Libong.

Fluorescent snorkelling on Ko Lipe.

Self portrait, on a deserted Ko Ngai beach.

Posted by David Luekens on November 15, 2011
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. 11/15/2011

    Very well put together. Photos and naration made me feel as though I was right there with you. Thanks for taking the time to share. -Lucas

  2. 11/15/2011

    Great shots.

  3. 01/14/2013

    First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.

    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just
    trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas
    or tips? Many thanks!

    • 01/14/2013


      Thanks for the kind words.

      I honestly don’t have much advice. I mean, I too have always struggled to sit down to write in the first place, and it always takes me some time to figure out what I want to say and how best to say it. I find that writing a little outline to organize my thoughts helps. But more than anything, I’ve found that writing gets a lot easier the more you do it. I used to “need” to be in a certain mood to write — to feel inspired or creative or whatever. Now I write pretty much every day (have a full-time writing job), and it’s gotten a lot easier to just sit down and do it, no matter how I’m feeling. The hard part is staying disciplined, and there are still times when I write a few paragraphs, read them, decide they’re total crap, and start over.




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