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The Night Boat to Koh Tao

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The Night Boat to Koh Tao

Sometimes it’s good to plan ahead of time when you travel. For example, when my wife and I took the bus to Sulat Thani, a port city on the Gulf of Thailand, we just assumed boats serviced the island of Koh Tao as much as it did Koh Samui. They did not. The Samui boats left regularly. But there was only one nine-hour night boat to Koh Tao, which departed at 11pm.

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Seawalker: Breakdancing Beneath the Ocean

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Seawalker in Bali

I held onto the ladder at the back of the boat. Only my head was above the ocean’s surface. The first mate carried over a seventy-pound Seawalker helmet–which looks like a cross between an astronaut’s helmet and a miniature submarine–and placed it on my head. The weight pushed me under. Below, the heavy headgear lost its weight and oxygen flowed into the globe. The water climbed into the helmet, but stopped at my chin, speaking truth to the Seawalker advertisement–You can wear your glasses or make-up underwater (so long as you keep your head straight). Read more

The Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts in Bali

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The Most Romantic Resorts for a Bali Honeymoon

My wife, Marissa, will never accuse me of being a romantic. She’s usually the one to remind me that flower vases are containers that should contain flowers or that flip flops and low hanging shorts made of sweatpants material is not appropriate attire for date night. But in Bali, which was the last two weeks of our ten-week honeymoon, I tried thinking like a different Noah. Any fans of The Notebook? (In fact, my wife’s memory is sub-par and one day we might live like the characters from that film. Then, I’ll read her this post–leaving out this paragraph of course and anything that follows in parenthesis–to remind her of how romantic I was during our honeymoon in Bali.) Read more

Kids’ Games in Cambodia

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The Kids of Angkor Wat

When Chris Christensen of the Amateur Traveler interviewed me about Cambodia, he asked me what memory made me laugh and think: “Only in Cambodia.” The question made me nostalgic for my very recent trip, while my answer made me nostalgic for childhood games. Read more

The Best Sites Around Angkor Wat

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The Best of Angkor Wat: Ta Prohm

The temples and ruins of Angkor, near Siem Reap, Cambodia, are hundreds–some thousands–of years old. It is the largest preindustrial city in the world, covering nearly 400 square miles of land. Even if you purchase a three day ticket–which is the pass I would recommend–it’s still difficult to visit all of the sites. Since you’ll be pressed for time–unless you race from temple to temple each day beginning at sun up and ending when the park closes–it’s best to approach the UNESCO World Heritage complex with a flexible plan. Here’s my list of the best of Angkor Wat: Read more