South East Asia Backpacker Magazine


In November of 2014, the two of us took part in the Tropical Writers’ Workshop in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Although we were initially hesitant to change our travel plans and budget to accommodate the course, this 2 week workshop was better than we could have possibly imagined and through it we learned an incredible amount about travel writing, website design and social media and made some amazing new friends. One of the highlights of enrollment in the course was the chance to contribute an article to a feature on the island of Koh Phangan for South East Asia Backpacker Magazine.

Both of us were given a topic to research and write about and we are incredibly proud to announce that the issue of the magazine is now available!

Check out the free download of issue 34 (Jan-Feb) at and take a look at pages 12-21 for the Koh Phangan feature by us and our fellow attendees.  You can find Macrae’s article Top 5 Places For Sunset Drinks on pages 14-15 and Carolann’s article Homesick For Hamburgers on page 17.


You Can Do It Too!!

Sometimes taking a step outside your comfort zone or deviating from your schedule will afford you some incredible experiences and opportunities. We decided to listen to the old adage “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and enrolled in the workshop – and what we gained was invaluable knowledge, great friends and opportunities we didn’t think possible.

Perhaps enrolling in something like the Tropical Writers’ Workshop isn’t what you are looking for to broaden your own horizons and take that next step, but if it is, a new workshop is starting on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand in March and we would be remiss if we failed to mention this great opportunity to those who may benefit from it!

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