Koh Tao - Island Paradise!
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So we have arrived in Koh tao after a very long day of travel but it is worth it!!
We left Bangkok at 6pm on a night bus which dropped us in Chumpon at 3am. I say dropped, they hurried us off the bus to a random bus stop in the middle of nowehere at 3am. We waited and got a mini bus from there to the office of the ferry. We then had to wait three hours before gettiong another mini bus to the ferry. The ferry took about three hours and then we arrived! Hurrah!
The frist place we are staying in isn't that nice. Well the room is fine, nice and clean but soooo hot as we cant afford aircon here!! Downstairs they run some sort of wholesale market. they also make fermented fish paste (in the island heat) and sell Durian fruit which is famous for smelling like something that died a week ago. Thankfully the room smelled fine!
The beach is called Sairee beach and is very picture postcard. White sand and palm trees. The sea is like bath water!! So lovely and warm! There are bungalows set back off the beach but we cant afford them!
We had dinner with some people we met on the boat over. The guy Marcus was cool. He had been in northern Thailand doing Thai boxing and had developed a Som tam (papaya salad) obsession whcih was fine as its really good! We had bbq on the beach each night by the water which was a great setting and tasted really good!
On our first full day we decided that as the traffic was non existent and it was expensive to get taxis around the island we would hire a moped! (Sorry Mums and dads - I can see you recoiling in horror!) But we are still here to tell the tale and we found an awsome cliff side bungalow! I'm not a fan of hills but Jamie was a very good driver and looked after me well!
We found on this little jaunt our new accomodation near a place called Freedom Beach. It was stunning. A little wooden bungalow set into the cliffs overlooking a big bay and over to Koh Phagnan. The bay had loads of coral in it and we went snorkelling which was amazing. The fish were so cool, all different types and colours and I even saw an octopus making its way along!! Unfortunately we were having so much fun we didnt notice how hot it was and becam a little crispy around the edges!
The following day was a day of chilling out and being in the shade! We also booked our tickets to Koh Samui. We have decided that being short on time and the fact we aren't up for a full moon party we will bypass Koh Phagnan and go straight to Samui.