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My 40 Best Backpacking Travel Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time adventurer, there’s always new lessons to be learned while on the road. Personal experience will always be the best teacher, but to help speed things up for you, I’ve laid out my best backpacking travel tips that will help you minimize the hardships and make the most of your travels. General Backpacking Travel Tips Pack less stuff…

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Black Rock Viewpoint: The Best Secret View in Phuket

Black Rock Viewpoint is still a well-kept secret. It’s situated high up in the mountains that overlook Nai Harn beach and Ao Sane. The view is outstanding—arguably the best view in Phuket (another contender being Khao Kad View Tower, and just north of Phuket—Samet Nangshe Viewpoint). Black Rock Viewpoint derives its name from the exposed, flat black rocks that cover much of the ground on…

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Camping at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in Phang Nga

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint: word has spread over the past year about this recently unknown viewpoint. The view from the top, overlooking Phang Nga Bay and its dozens of limestone karsts and islets, is unparalleled. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and as if it couldn’t get any better, the viewpoint itself is oriented towards the east, making it a picturesque location to catch the sunrise. If you’re visiting…

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Packing Light: A How-To Guide For Backpackers

I read once that the art of packing light ultimately comes down to one thing: Fear. The items in your backpack, the items you choose to bring around with you, represent your particular fears—say fear of discomfort, fear of being robbed or attacked, fear of injury or sickness—to name a few. Let’s take this to the extreme: imagine an individual traveling with only the clothes…

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Motorbike Roadtrip Through Southern Thailand: Phuket to Krabi (Video)

Over a long weekend in mid-February, I plotted my escape from the chaotic congestion of traffic in Phuket and out into the open, winding roads off the island. Just north of Phuket lies the rural province of Phang Nga, and southeast of Phang Nga lies Krabi. Both provinces are famous for their remarkable landscapes of rolling green hills and limestone karsts that line the roads,…

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Jungle Trekking in Khao Sok National Park Without a Guide

Khao Sok National Park Since the first month I arrived in Thailand, I’ve been wanting to explore Khao Sok National Park and spend a long weekend uncovering the natural treasures this million-year-old rainforest has to offer. Khao Sok is nestled in southern Thailand in the province of Surat Thani, and is approximately 739 square kilometers of dense virgin jungle, towering limestone karsts, beautiful waterfalls, and…

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Cost of Living in Thailand: A Comprehensive Guide

Living in Thailand on $650 per month I tracked all of my expenses for 30 days straight and recorded everything I spent. Below is a full breakdown of my cost of living in Thailand.   Note: I live in Phuket, a large island in the south of Thailand—and Thailand’s most expensive province. Undoubtedly, one could live even cheaper in another part of Thailand, especially up north…

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