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Will the Real Koh Phangan Please Stand Up! Beyond The Full Moon Party

16 December 2013

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Will the Real Koh Phangan Please Stand Up! Beyond The Full Moon Party

Home to the notorious monthly Full Moon Party, it's no shock that Koh Phangan has somewhat of a dodgy reputation. The truth however, is that this island is special and offers far more than it is given credit for. It’s creative, eclectic, underground, spiritual, artistic; it’s got a great, free-flowing vibe; a tight community that integrates both expats, locals, and travellers who keep coming back. We introduce you to the often overlooked dynamism of Koh Phangan.

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Guest Post: Surviving on a Deserted Island Paradise in the Philippines!

4 June 2013

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Guest Post: Surviving on a Deserted Island Paradise in the Philippines!

Could you survive on a deserted paradise island? Make your own shelter? Find your own fresh water and fish for your own dinner? In today's society we have become so comfortable that we have forgotten about the basic skills needed to exist in a sustainable way. But what if you could go back to this simple way of life? Would you be happier? Feel more freedom? Travel writer and blogger, Martin decided to find out!

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We Love Travel. Do You? Why Not Make a Living out of Doing What You Love?

23 May 2013

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We Love Travel. Do You? Why Not Make a Living out of Doing What You Love?

As philosopher Confucius said 2,500 years ago, “Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.” Today, the likes of Tim Ferris with his book ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ and a host of other ‘Digital Nomads’ have become famous for promoting the concept of pleasure over grind. But is it as easy as that? How do you fund your life of adventure? We check out the website, 'We Love Travel', which helps people turn their passion into a lifestyle...

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Exploring Phuket’s Little-Seen Old Quarter

19 May 2013

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Exploring Phuket’s Little-Seen Old Quarter

Sip milky iced tea while listening to melodic jazz from a street café. Haggle over homemade batik at a Malay fabric shop. Just a few reasons, says travel journalist Leigh-Anne Hunter, to ditch the beach for a day and wander through Phuket’s fascinating, but little-seen Old Quarter...

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The Gap Year Fear! Taking the plunge into the unknown. In need of a safety net?

3 January 2013

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Deep in your heart you know that taking a gap year is the thing you want to do most in the world – yet you can’t quite bring yourself to make the jump. What if you never do? Can you imagine if you’d never had that first driving lesson or very first date? Sometimes, all you need is a gentle push, a helping hand; support; a good safety net, something to set you on the path to an experience of a lifetime…

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Top 10 Things to do in the Philippines

3 October 2012

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So how do you sum up the Philippines? Here is our guide to the top 10 things to do in the Philippines that we reckon backpackers just can't miss!

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Backpacker Video of the Month: The Healers of Siquijor, The Philippines

31 July 2012

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Backpacker Video of the Month: The Healers of Siquijor, The Philippines

Siquijor Island in the Philippines is renowned for its black magic sorcerers and white magic healers. Here, backpackers Captain & Clark meet one of the most famous witches of them all...

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Event of the Month: Not just the Full Moon! Rhythm & Sands Festival, Koh Phangan, Thailand

26 July 2012

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Event of the Month: Not just the Full Moon! Rhythm & Sands Festival, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Those awesome people who brought us Rhythm & Vines and Rhythm & Alps of New Zealand, now in their 10th year of mega success, have extended their arms into Thailand bringing with them the international dance scene and some of the planet's biggest acts! Set in a secluded yet accessible beach venue amidst the palms of Baan Tai, three days before the full moon party, Rhythm & Sands brings you the next level of the Thai Beach Party Experience…

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A Day in the Life of a Dive Instructor, Koh Tao v A Day in the Life of a Western Office Worker

25 July 2012

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A Day in the Life of a Dive Instructor, Koh Tao v A Day in the Life of a Western Office Worker

Waking up to bright blue skies, turquoise waters and a day of teaching wide-eyed backpackers to discover a whole new world... is this the job of dreams? So what is it really like getting paid to live in paradise? Here, we compare a regular day in the life of a Western office worker alongside a regular day in the life of Ludo, a dive instructor at Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand...

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Guest Post: Shark Life

14 June 2012

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Guest Post: Shark Life

A gang of students arriving for their Open Water Course had previously been enticed to eat shark. Similar to how the adventurous travellers sample insects on the Khao San Road, they thought trying shark meat was like a traveller rite of passage, but their eyes were soon to be opened to the full story. Ayesha Cantrell of Master Divers unfolds the horrifying truth...

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