The more I travel, the stronger my desire to travel to “off the beaten track” places becomes. While I would never pass up an opportunity to explore a popular city or a wonder of the world, there is something so special about discovering a location that very few people have visited. Koh Mak could definitely be considered off the beaten track, as it is not a tourist destination and I might even go as far as to call it a “hidden gem.” While I found it too remote of an island to live on, it definitely left an unforgettable impression on me. How could you not fall in love with a place whose only gas station looks like this:
My husband and I spent the majority of our last day on Koh Mak island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand, but we made sure to save the remaining hours of sunlight for some sightseeing on dry land. Our first stop was to the sole Buddhist temple, which has its own Bohdi Tree and a serene oceanside location that defines the word picturesque.
Then it was off to one of the four beaches on the island to watch the sunset. So beautiful are Koh Mak’s beaches that they were included in Britain’s Sunday Times list of the “ten most beautiful beaches in the world.”
As the sun began to disappear over the horizon, we held each others hands, and talked about how it is the perfect metaphor for dreaming. It was true that our dream of managing Good Time Resort was fading into the night, but like the sun, our new dreams would rise again in the morning.
No matter how many disappointments we encountered in life we would never stop dreaming big and no matter how many times the sun is replaced by the moon it will always be there to greet us every single day. Tell me, what big dreams do you have right now?