We started off Thailand with a week on the island of Koh Yao Noi. An hour off Phuket in the Andaman sea, they call it Thailand's last unspoilt Island. While that is mostly true, the tourism bug has already begun to spread, mainly for rock climbing which is aplenty (much to Devin's delight!) We were hooked up with a local named Dut who was born and raised on the island. He is a bird-nester turned rock climber and all around legend. We didn't anticipate any surf, but the boards became handy for paddles around the stunning vertical islands.
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More photos of beautiful Koh Yao Noi in the south of Thailand.
Our second stop in Thailand was Chiang Mai, in the North of the country. Chiang Mai is dramatically different from the island we visited first and our time there was a flurry of cultural and regional experiences including a visit to the Karen Tribe a friendly battle with a Cobra, traditional Thai dancing, a jaunt through the jungle with elephants and the Yee Peng lantern festival.