Philosophy by Mr. Poong

Steve’s blog post about our favorite character on Yao Noi – bar captain, Mr. Poong!

Twenty First Century Nomad

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We’ve met some great characters during our time here on Koh Yao Noi, but without a doubt our favorite is Mr. Poong. Aside from our hammocks and the beach, the place we seem to spend most of our time is at his ‘STEPONE BAR.’

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In the dozen or so times we’ve been, Leslie and I are always the only guests, and happily sip beers as Mr. Poong regales us with tales from his interesting life.

61 year old Mr. Poong hails from Burma, and is a retired sea captain, former chief of police and one time high school teacher, who came to Koh Yao Noi to escape death. We expected something like a violent military coup, or landslide or murder. No. Of his retirement he says, “If I stay in Burma I die. Nothing to do just eat and drink.”

He doesn’t need to work, he tells us, but running this…

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