Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with secluded monasteries

Those who are fond of good memories may remember that a few years back I went to Surat Thani with the hope of joining a silence retreat at Suan Mokh. Events, and curses, conspired against me back then, but when I headed to Koh Phangan nothing could stop me joining a ten-day silence retreat at Wat Kow Tahm. I’ve written about my experience already (it’s on page 16 of this magazine) but I snuck in a pen and paper to keep track of my thoughts, here are those notes expanded with a few exclusive quotes from my scribblings.


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…done with Koh Tao





After a couple of days acclimatising to the heat and timezone of Bangkok, I took a ridiculously long taxi journey (for the price of a ridiculously short taxi in Sydney) to Chumporn, ready to take the boat over to Koh Tao the following day. Koh Tao (‘gawh dtao’) is one of the three main islands, along with Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, off the east coast of the mainland.


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