Oliver is…

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

…a bit late with this

I’m now so far behind with this thing I’ll probably never finish it, and even if I did it would be so vague and misremembered it probably wouldn’t be worth it anyway.

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…done with the Mekong

You’ll remember the Mekong River from my days at the Golden Triangle and after another few days at Chiang Khong, a small town on the Thai side of the border, I made my way into Laos to experience more of the flat, brown flow of water.

luang_prabang_river_cruise

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…done with the Golden Triangle

If you thought Chiang Rai was boring wait ’til you hear about the Golden Triangle.

golden_triangle_gold

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…saying bye to Pai

As you’ll remember from my very last post, I left Chiang Mai early because of some Thai female fighting. I headed off into the mountains to escape the feud, not realising until I got there that one combatant had come with me.

pai_dog

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…done with Sukhothai

The last in my series of places I went between Chiang Mai and Lopburi is one that I wish I wrote about a year ago. Sukhothai, just a short bus ride from Phitsanulok, which is where the train takes you, is a bit like Thailand’s Angkor Wat… or that might be Ayuthaya, but I didn’t go to check.

sukhothai_pretty

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…done with Lopburi

In my excitement to get a new post on my blog, I completely skipped out a couple of places. After flying into Bangkok I did get the train/bus up to Chiang Mai, but I made two other stops on the way. Seeing as one of these places — Lopburi — was amazing, that was a bit stupid really.

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…done with Chiang Mai, again

Last time I went to Chiang Mai I stayed in the city centre. I fell in love the place, and the place fell a little in love with me in a weird, weird way.

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…done with Koh Samui (airport)

After visiting Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, it made sense to complete the trilogy with a trip to Koh Samui.

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…done with the other side of Koh Phangan

Silence retreats are not the main tourist attraction on Koh Phangan. While I was noiselessly meditating my problems away, scores of people were on the beaches below me getting destroyed on cheap drugs and cheaper booze, mainly in celebration of the moon successfully completing yet another cycle. As soon as I was out, I joined them.

haad-rin

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…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.

Shhh!

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