After visiting the popular islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, I was anxious to go a little off the beaten track. The recommendation I got from an expat was called Koh Phayam – a little island near the Thai-Burmese border. Lonely Planet didn't say much, which was the perfect sign I thought.
Of course I didn't realize that the popular islands are busy year-round, while lesser known, lesser developed islands like Koh Phayam close up shop in the low season.
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Next week, we're heading to the large island of Phuket, where I pretend to be Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach, and fall unexpectedly ill at the epicenter of the world's sex tourism industry.