Paradise Koh Tao

6:30 Laying in bed listening to tropical morning bird calls, already beautiful and warm, ok out of bed and ready… WHERE DO I GET COFFEE… shit!… oh well to late… Time to dive. We all meet up at Phoenix Dive, all four of us smiling like kids at xmas. Sort our gear and off to the long tail to get out to the main boat (small boat today). Continue reading

Advanced Relaxation

The Amazing Jimi Rockandroll and Tommy the Toyboy

I wake to a cloudy cool morning but am pretty pumped to be starting my 2nd dive course today, Advanced open water which will get me down to 30 mts… After a late breakfast I head to Phoenix dive once more to get ready and meet my new dive crew, Tommy is continuing on with me from the open water. 3 new divers to meet Agathe from France and Anders and Lena, a couple from Sweden, greating exchanged and its into the class room compas and computer theory then break for lunch… Continue reading

North to Chiang Mai

Well with Koh Tao behind me i board the bus in Bangkok to for the 12hr drive, i’m the only wester on the bus and get a few strange looks but just smile and say sawadee karp, Movie – Steven Segal in thai… I’m going to sleep…
I get off the bus in Chiang Mai at 6:30 am and get a tuk tuk to my hostel, Deejai’s Backpackers, Rob checked me in straight away and gave me a great welcome… very little sleep so a quick nap needed then back up and out the door for a wander around Chiang Mai. Its a hot sunny day in the mountains… so that means humidity, but I have to have a look at this famous city, temples, flower markets, the old city moat and wall, all beautiful. Continue reading

762 to Pai

762 corners Chiang Mai to Pai

Another stunning day greats me, hot again at 7am, up to my coffee shop for breakfast, then back to hostel and Tane, Loes, Brenda and me get into our mine bus to Pai. 120km takes 3.5hrs and the mini bus driver tried to do it in record time, I’m sure, tyres squealing every 2nd or 3rd corner, didnt even slow down when Brenda started throwing up. Tane slept for the trip, how I will NEVER understand, Brenda, she was not well, Loes looked after her and Issac and me got talking to Ollie , the English guy next to me. Continue reading

I’ve Come From The Mountains

Roof Top Taxi

Another early alarm call today, have to be in town by 7, so breakfast even earlier at a cafe in town, coffee eggs bacon lets go…we load up into 2 vehicals for the jorney out towards Mae Hong Son River. At a more sedate pace than my last trip over the mountains i was able to have a good look at the surounding jungle as or bus wove its wave up, down, left and right over mountain passes. We arrive at a little shop on the side of the road and its down to one 4×4 taxi, not enough room inside truck or the back for all. Some how Jay and me struck gold and ended up on top of the truck for the 10km journey to the river, carefree on the main road, once we were off it the driver would toot the horn for any dangers…. We had trees and power lines inches from our faces… was a blast… Continue reading

Tales from a tour bus…

I have been inspired by a friend to start a blog of my travels… My name is Simo, I’m a tour guide in Australia taking backpackers across the southern desert and south west of W.Aust… I love travel both world and domestic… this is my first go at blogging, so here we go….For the last 9 years I have been a tour guide for Nullarbor traveller tours, taking back packers around southern Australia, bush camping and accommodated. The past 6 years have been spent driving across the Nullarbor Plain on 10day bush adventures, camping rough under the stars in some of the most isolated places in the world. Work consists of driving, surfing, swimming, some cooking, chilling in the sun on the beach and drinking beer around the camp fire at night with amazing people from all around the world (haha yeah sure). As you can probably understand…. I LOVE MY JOB! I do this incredibly hard work for 9 months a year and have 3 months off…. So what to do with three months with out work….? Well i have decided to see the world…. well as much as i can… So far Vietnem 2yrs ago and Thailand this year… And everything going right next year I’ll travel Africa with a friend Mel, from ‘the Mellyboo Project” a complete blogaholic and one of the craziest people i know…

If you want an idea of what i do for a living watch the vid below…