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After a couple of flights and a brief overnight at the very nice Phuket Backpacker Hostel, we boarded a boat for Koh Phi Phi, Thailand’s stunning tropical beauty in the Andaman Sea. Of course, the word about Phi Phi had long since gotten out. As we disembarked into the heat from the air conditioned deck, we joined throngs of people streaming down the pier and were immediately absorbed into a sea of backpacks, luggage, and Thai men hawking hotel rooms.

Tonsai Village, the heart of Koh Phi Phi Don (the main island) is a dense area of small shops, bars, and restaurants served by streets no wider than a city sidewalk. There’s not a car or scooter in sight. When the boats come in, they turn into rivers of tourists. It was all a little overwhelming, so the first thing we did was sit down and have a pizza.

With lunch finished and the crowds cleared, we felt fortified enough to look for a place to stay, so we slung on our backpacks, and headed out to see what we could find.
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Lately cheap products have been getting me down. I find myself longing for the well-made, the time-tested, the things that last. As it happened Natalie and I came across an antidote to the cheapening of the consumer landscape on our most recent trip to Idaho: Elko General Merchandise in Elko, Nevada. Quality is all they have.

Walking into the store is like walking into another time. Boots, hats, gloves on shelves and tables, no fancy merchandising systems, the whole place is honest, satisfying simplicity. We checked out knives in a display case and the friendly shopkeeper pulled our selections from a drawer. Natalie picked out an Old Timer pocket knife for planned whittling projects and bought me a Dakota #38 folding knife. Both the gift and the shopping experience were such a treat.

I wish the store well. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re passing through Elko.

To read another blog post on this place, and see some photos, follow the link. More on our Idaho trip to come in future posts!

Elko General Store post at One Trip Pass