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MARCH 2023 OVERVIEW We are island hopping south from Khao Lak, Thailand through the Andaman Sea to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Our first stop was Ko Lanta. Our second stop was Koh Mook: … our final stop is Ko Lipe … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 40.16 Actual […]

Ko Lipe – Thailand – Information


FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW We are island hopping south from Khao Lak, Thailand through the Andaman Sea to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. We have just visited Ko Lanta. … our next stop is Koh Mook (aka Ko Muk) … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 40.16 Actual Exchange Rate (ATM) […]

Koh Mook – Thailand – Information



OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2022: OVERVIEW: In my previous post (Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Getting There) I talked about how to get to and find accommodation in Gili Trawangan (GiliT). You can check out 12Go to have a look at ‘getting there’ options: It is assumed that you plan to be here for 60 days … arriving with a standard 30 day Visa On Arrival (VOA), then extending your VOA by another 30 days. This gives you upto 60 days for your GiliT ‘experience’. … now let’s talk about what it is like to ‘live’ here … PLEASE NOTE: The […]

Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Information


OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. The Galapagos Islands were on my ‘Bucket List’. SUGGESTION: I strongly suggest that, if you can, you should bring your own snorkelling equipment. This will give you the freedom to explore on your own … as well as bring down the cost of some of your day trips. Before we continue, let me be clear: The Galapagos Islands are one of the 7 wonders of the modern world They know it They make you pay for it You are a captive market They have you […]

Galapagos – Ecuador – (How To Do) A Cheap Two Week Tour



FEBRUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent 1 month living on Big Corn Island and 1 month living on Little Corn Island. From Little Corn, I had to make my way back to Granada. On paper, this involved: A boat from Little Corn to Big Corn A ferry from Big Corn to Bluefields A boat up river from Bluefields to El Rama A bus from El Rama to Managua A bus from Managua to Granada In reality, I took a short-cut and shaved about 1 hour off the journey … LITTLE CORN TO BIG CORN BY BOAT: […]

Corn Islands to Granada – Nicaragua – Journey


FEBRUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In my “Beginner’s Guide” to Little Corn Island, I provided information about: How to get from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island Why I chose to stay in The Village What Little Corn Island looks like Where to stay What ‘short term’ accommodation I found What ‘long term’ accommodation I found In this post, I will tell you more about what it is like to actually live on Little Corn Island and a lot more about everyday costs. I, also, do a quick comparison between Little Corn Island and Gili Air […]

Little Corn Island – Nicaragua – Information



JANUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had so much trouble getting to the Corn Islands that, in a way, I was DETERMINED to stick it out. I booked a Vacation Rental on Big Corn Island for 1 month and tried to get the best out of Big Corn that I could. The rental that I had in Big Corn was very nice: a 2-story, 2-bedroom house all to myself for US$500 / month. Big Corn Island didn’t “cut the mustard” so, it was time to move on to Little Corn to see if it offered anything better. AFTER ALL, […]

Little Corn Island – Nicaragua – A Beginner’s Guide & Where To Stay


DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In my “Beginner’s Guide” to Big Corn Island, I provided information about: How to get from Bluefields to Big Corn Island Why I chose Brig Bay What Brig Bay looks like Where to stay What ‘short term’ accommodation I found What ‘long term’ accommodation I found In this post, I will tell you more about what it is like to actually live on Big Corn Island and a lot more about everyday costs. I will, also, compare Big Corn Island with the Bay Islands (Roatan and Utila) in Honduras. […]

Big Corn Island – Nicaragua – Information



DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I tried to get from Greytown to Bluefields to catch the boat out to Big Corn Island. I had to abandon this route and make my way from Greytown to Bluefields by land via Rama. This added 1 week to my timeline. I wanted to compare Big Corn Island to the Bay Islands in Honduras (Roatan Island and Utila Island). I arrived in Bluefields on a Monday and booked myself into the Mini Hotel y Cafetin Central (MHCC) at N$400 / night for a Fan Double with Private Bathroom. I booked 2 nights. The […]

Big Corn Island – Nicaragua – A Beginner’s Guide & Where To Stay


DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent several days making my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica so that I could take a trip down the Rio San Juan to Greytown. I wanted to experience the Rio San Juan villages and the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve … but, still get to Greytown in time to catch the once-weekly (Wednesday) boat from Greytown to Bluefields. My ultimate goal was to get out to the Corn Islands. I have heard some bad things about the Greytown to Bluefields boat trip – so, I wanted to find […]

Greytown to Bluefields – Nicaragua – Journey