Hiding from a Million Mosquitos in Koh Tao

Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

It was cloudy but very warm when we arrived and because it was still early our room wasn't ready. The hotel/bungalows looked ok and the surrounding area was picturesque although our beach was under the sea.Michelle assured us the beach would emerge later. Some food, some unpacking and some laundry later, we had some tea and some cocktails
 A great first night and we were all excited about our next day sunbathing. At 6am I was woken by thunderous rumblings in the sky above and then the crashing of rain on our roof. I'd experienced tropical storms before in hot humid climates and thought it would clear out soon. Unfortunately it rained for most of the day at some points very heavily. Hoping it would brighten up the next day I had a good sort through my backpack and had a nice pamper day. 
    It was still overcast but no rain on Monday so rather than waste a day we decided to climb to the top of a viewpoint nearby. The guide said about 30 minutes which seemed fine. What the guide didn't say was that it took you through jungle terrain where a million mosquitoes lay in wait to attack us. Despite several large helpings of deet later Paul’s legs resembled a join the dot puzzle so we gave up and headed back down to the hotel. Michelle and I decided to walk further to the 2 best beaches on Koh Tao Mae Head and Sairee Beach.  It wasn't far, about 40 minutes, and the area was very different from were we'd just come from. There were a lot more restaurants, bars and shops to choose from not to mention a better beach. The beaches, although nice, were not what I was expecting. The were very narrow which meant that the bars and restaurants on stilts came quite close to the waters edge making the beach seem even smaller. One characteristic of Koh Tao though are the giant boulders inset across the hillsides and along the coast which make the coastline very picturesque.
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