A private long boat – Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

After playing with tigers in Phuket Brian and I headed straight to Koh Phi Phi.  This island paradise became famous after Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Beach; a movie about pot farmers and hippie tourists set on Koh Phi Phi.  Although the ferry from Phuket takes less than 2 hours plan a half day for your journey since they tend to leave late and you’ve gotta find your accommodation once you arrive.

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Welcome to Phi Phi, Krabi, Thailand

Welcome to Phi Phi, Krabi, Thailand

Brian and I opted for Marine Hotel, a guesthouse near the main port on the island.  Unfortunately we unknowingly walked right past it not realizing how close it was!  Phi Phi is a tiny island and everyone is extremely friendly.  After wandering like Harry and Lloyd of Dumb & Dumber we were lucky to meet Continue reading

Top 10 Favorite Travel Photos of 2013 #2

2013 took me to 5 National Parks in 2 different countries coupled with a few state parks and a handful of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  I visited palaces and fortresses, hiked mountains, summited 6 peaks, backpacked along ridge lines and through canyons.  The extraordinary views on my adventures provided a plethora of pictures to choose from.  Out of thousands of shots I took in 2013 it was tough to narrow it down to just 19 contestants for my Top 10 Favorite Travel Photos of 2013.  Come back tomorrow to see my favorite picture from all of 2013!

#2 is a brilliant shot of the sea crashing into wave breakers during a storm in Sokcho, South Korea.  I had no idea what I was in for when I went to Sokcho and thought it would merely be the rest stop before hiking in Seoraksan.  You can read more about it in Sokcho, the city beneath Seoraksan.

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What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen by the ocean?  What is your favorite part about being at the ocean?

Check out #1 here!
Check out #3 here!