koh Tao tropical adventure
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Finally reached the main destination of my travels after a long travels from my failed trip to Burma..
I went straight to the Sai Ree town and beach , which was supposedly where things were happening on the island. I like the thought of beeing a place where i can relax, and actually have the opportunity to go out with people in the evenings as well. The other spots on the island is quite amazing to stay at, but many isolated spots for those who want to enjoy paradise in solitude (mostly couples...).
It was not the most active time to come to this island, the pubs and resturant were completely empty most of the days..not too many tourists. this was cool in some ways, even more relaxed setting of the place then!.
The resturant where I had most my meals had a 2 meter tall woman working there.
There was myriads of diving centers and accomodation along the beach front. I found a place that was called AC 2.
So I had a look at the bungalow first....3 large lizzards(gecko) crawling on the wall, mosquitos the size of dragonflies, and the floor covered with ants. Well i accepted it all as a part of the tropical excperience and settled in. The lizzard were quite cute actually, but a bit shy when i tried to pet them, Although Roy was of a more curious nature then Lizzie and Huggie Bear.
When i returned to my room to sleep the first night the bed was pretty covered in ants...I brushed them of and went to sleep hoping for the best.
The last two nights i did however move to AC 1 wich was like heaven compared ; hot water shower, no mosq., no lizzard, no ants, and a working fan, and of course there was an absolutely amazing pool surrounded by coconut palm trees. This place was even cheaper at 200 Baht since I was diving with the local club.
i had to do some heavy diving here! So i went out with the phoenix dive club, wich after a long search proved out to be the cheapest place at the time with 4 dives for 2700 Baht. There was however none wich were even close to the price from my 2008 lonely planet book.
The dives were OK, but not as amazing as i would have thought. It proved out to be the wrong time for diving now as well, as the visibility was poor, and much less colours as it was constantly cloudy and rainy.
I met a nice gang from Australia,UK and Canada wich I had some fun with. We went out drinking heavily on Halloween. Improvising costumes went like a dream after i managed to find som face paint. Charlotte from Canada/UK was a self announced artist that managed to make me up as a tiger , on face and tummy ! So that was fun ,but the first party was a bit boring, and the next party was a bonified rave on the beach.
There was beach parties every night with these locals tossing around some flame sticks. Lotus Bar on Sai Ree seemed to be the place to go.
I would reccomend everyone going here to hire a motorbike. A good and easy way to get to see most of the island, as it is pretty small. Going across the island during the rainy season can be a true challenge though. I was stupid enough to try my little scooter straight up some dirt path going cross the island when the dark was coming. I was pretty close to totally trashing it many times....and I felt slightly scared when the motor gave up in the middle of the darkest tropical jungle mountain surrounded by animals making strange sounds.....but somehow i found my way out...
I regretted having left even after some hours on package tourist nightmare of Koh Samui....brrrrr......
Thank you Koh Tao...I will see you again...next time for a muuuuuuch longer time.....maybe even to practice my diving and veterinary skills on a 50-50 basis !