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Apr
23

Koh Kood

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A stray  begging cat, lush jungle, and a cold beer on Thailand's easternmost   island. All that's missing is a falling coconut.

A stray begging cat, lush jungle, and a cold beer on Thailand’s easternmost island. All that’s missing is a falling coconut.

“Small Thai islands in the 1990’s, I recall from experience, had few people, intermittent electricity, and precious few things to buy.  They were great places to get away from it all.  Koh Kood is a 1990’s Thai island at 2030 prices.”  Doug Knell, Doug’s Republic

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A British friend had been recommending I visit the island of Koh Chang since 2009. After I finally made it there with my family in October 2011, he upped the ante.  What was I visiting Koh Chang for when the ever more remote and untouched island of Koh Kood was but a short frolic away?  He boasted that Koh Kood was the best island he’d ever been to.  

Fast forward to April 2013.  The Thai water festival holiday of Songkran was approaching.  Wealthy Thais everywhere split for resorts or abroad.  My wife doesn’t get many opportunities to travel and decided she wanted to relax on an island.  We’d revisit Koh Chang.   I mentioned Koh Kood to her and she agreed, without much convincing required, to split the vacation up with half the time in Koh Chang and half the time in Koh Kood.

Koh Kood is not a large island. It’s only slightly larger than 100 sq kilometers, twenty-five kilometers at its longest point and twelve kilometers at its widest. The island can seem larger than it really is due to the lack of a comprehensive paved road network and round-the-clock electricity which can leave larges swathes of the island in darkness during the evening hours. A small number of Thais and Cambodians have lived on the island for over a hundred years, but it’s only recently that the foreign segment and affluent Thais have discovered the place as an oasis and a tourist infrastructure of sorts has sprung up to cater to them.

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Categories : Thailand, Travel
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Apr
22

My Very Own Tuk Tuk

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Dated 22 April 2013. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic.

Categories : Thailand, Video
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Jul
23

The Temple Of Heaven

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Dated 10 June 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : China, Video
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Dated 6 June 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : China, Video
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Jul
23

A Wednesday in Suwon

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Dated 13 June 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : Korea, Video
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Jul
23

Second Homes For the Emperor

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Dated 7 June 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : China, Video
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Jul
23

Korean Strip Malls

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Dated 12 June 2012. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic.

Categories : Korea, Video
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Dated 22 January 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : Video, Vietnam
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Jul
23

Universal Studios Singapore

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Dated 26 February 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : Singapore, Video
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Jul
23

A Few Days In Singapore

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Dated 2012. This is a high definition video and may not display properly here. Click here to see a list of complete video content on the Republic and to view high definition videos in proper format.

Categories : Singapore, Video
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