Tuesday, April 10, 2012

island life

I'm back and ready to share some more photos from our time out on the islands.  (If you missed the first part of our trip, feel free to click HERE or just scroll down to the post below.) ;) I love being out here in Thailand and being here totally reminds me of how much I miss our Thai life.  It's been so nice to eat all of the deliciously cheap food, snack on all of the fresh fruits and fruit shakes, hop on a motorbike to go out for a spin, be in the sun, have affordable massages, and use my Thai again.  We've had a lot of fun being back "home" for this past week and a half.

Since we've been on the island, it's rained a number of times (thanks Matt!;).  The rain was lovely though because it cooled the temperature a bit and I didn't have to feel bad about staying indoors reading and relaxing even if it meant it was one day less day out on the beach.  On the days it didn't rain, we were able to swim in the pool, head out to the beach to swim in the ocean, and go into the touristy parts of town for some shopping.  We've so enjoyed our time here on the island, so thank you for letting us visit Jacquie and David! :)

Sunset

Check out the dog balancing on the back of a motorbike...only in Thailand!

There were tons of dogs on the beach...who can blame them! :)

Random sign in front of a restaurant...I know...totally inappropriate.

Another sunset.

Pretty beach fires.

Boats galore and all brightly painted.

Detailed watermelon flower carving.

 
The bungalow we stayed at on Koh Tao.

A rocky beach.

On the motorbike!

 
Yummy fruit vendor and sad fish for sale in front of a restaurant.

Neat tree in the middle of a rocky portion of the beach.

Coconut.

Carefree jumping off an old pier into shallow water....scary! 

Beautiful clouds.

33 comments:

  1. We visited Thailand last year for a week, during a stay in HK with our daughter and it is somewhere we will hopefully return to again as we loved it there. Your beautiful photos reminded me of just how much.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to visit again too! It is a beautiful place and I would definitely recommend going to different parts of Thailand, like Chiang Mai, which is up north. :)

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  2. What a beautiful place to visit! I LOVE the dog on the back of the motorbike! How cool is that? That restaurant sign is CRAZY! Can you even imagine that in the US? That restaurant would get sued so quickly! I love your pictures Melody! thank you for sharing! Love, Becky

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    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments Becky! :) Knowing that I'll blog with the pictures definitely makes me inspired to go out and try to take more pictures to share. So I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures as I had fun taking them and totally thought of you on the other end. :) Thailand is "home", so I'm a bit biased when it comes down to it, so yes...it is an awesome place! xo - Melody

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  3. What a wonderful place to visit. You captured it so well in these photos. The dog on the bike is so cute...and I love the bright boats!

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    1. Thank you Jen! This was the first time I'd seen a dog balance on the back of a bike like that. Too funny! :)

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  4. The dog riding pillion on the motorbike is wonderful! Lovely photos!

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  5. I absolutely love those shots of the boys jumping from the pier --GREAT captures!

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    1. Thanks so much! They were having so much fun and once they saw the camera, they started showing off. Kids are the best! :)

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  6. So awesome!! makes me want to back my bags and go away right this very instant. Thailand is definitely on my must visit list!

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    1. Hi Maddy! You should definitely pack your bag and head over this way as Thailand is terrific! :)

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  7. Gorgeous photographs!

    Love that balancing dog on a motorbike. Here in Bohol, they are making a conscious effort to control the number of gallivanting dogs on the beaches.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! :) That is nice that they are working to control the dogs in Bohol. I think it will take some time to gather all the stray dogs around Thailand though as there are a lot! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  8. Great captures of life in Thailand. Lived there 8 years and these are a great glimpse. I love seeing the whole family and a dog on motorbikes!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Where did you live when you were in Thailand? Thankfully we are getting to move back to Thailand next year...so excited! :)

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  9. Wow, love this series of shots... especially the dog on the bike and the coconut on the beach...

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    1. Thank you Madge! :) I actually really love the coconut photo as well, but wasn't sure about it as it seems to be a bit underexposed, which is what I like about it. HA!

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  10. wow to funny how the dog just stay there while the motobike drive..love your photos as well.

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  11. That dog on the motorbike? Haha classic. That restaurant sign? Umm...wow. Such pretty pictures! Will you still be here for Songkran?

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  12. Beautiful beautiful images- except for that bar sign. Wowzers- that's putting it bluntly- right?? :)

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    1. Thanks Gina! I know...that sign was pretty crazy and totally forward. I hesitated putting it on the blog, but it is something I saw, so...! :)

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  13. I can´t get over that dog - it´s doing the balancing act better than I would! :-D

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    1. I've seen a lot of things in Thailand, but this totally caught me by surprise too. We were on the bike and my husband pointed it out to me. We were shocked! It was so funny! :)

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  14. Beautiful pictures! That sunset is amazing, but they are all wonderful. I love exploring through others' photos and I am so glad you shared yours. Wow, that bar sign...crazy blunt, lol. I wonder if the author was drunk??

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. I hope they were drunk or simply trying to be funny. Either way...it was the craziest thing I've seen in a while! I know what you mean...I love the blogging community and being able to "see" a whole different world. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  15. like the photo of the boys jumping, and I won't want my daughters to work there. LOL

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    1. Thank you Ann! You and me both...don't want anyone I know to work there! :/ HA!

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