Jan 222019

When I first visited Thailand in January 2005, I had no idea I would return even once, much less nine more times. But the warm waters, delicious food, fascinating culture, and Kasma’s well-planned itineraries keep drawing me back. This year, after a 20-day round trip through the South, some friends will join me for an after-trip. My own “tour guiding” skills will be put to the test, and while I can guarantee that we won’t go hungry, beyond that, we’re winging it!

Our abbreviated Southern Trip skips a few stops from previous trips:

After a day and a half feasting and shopping in Bangkok, we head to the Hot Springs of Ranong and then off the grid to the islands of Mu Ko Surin (Koh Surin Marine National Park). The accommodations and cuisine are basic, and cell service is questionable, but innumerable colorful fish await.
Upon our return to the peninsula, we overnight at a resort whose dining room features tasty favorites and a large karaoke stage. Heading East, after a night amidst the limestone karsts of “Guilin, Thailand” we enjoy the cultural attractions of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
The final leg of our journey takes us to Ko Lanta and Krabi. There is fantastic snorkeling around several islands off the coast, and some of the best Thai food on the trip. After a final “free day” for relaxation, we return to Bangkok.

I know it sounds familiar; in fact, I cribbed those descriptions from my last trip. But then I’ll have ten days of new experiences, so it will be “same same but really different” this time.

Posts for this trip can be found on this page: http://www.jeffersonscher.com/ttw/category/southern-trip-2019/ (newest first).

Please, no social sharing until the trip is over. Thanks.

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