Dive, dive, dive

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End May 02, 2010


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Bans Dive Resort

Flag of Thailand  , Chumphon,
Monday, April 12, 2010

After a fantastic time in Cambodia, it was time to start relaxing for a few weeks before it was time to go back home.  What better way to relax than in the islands of the Gulf of Thailand?

I chose to go to Koh Tao for one very simple reason - diving.  After my awesome experiences on the Great Barrier Reef, I felt it was time to go do it again, this time properly. 

So after jumping off the ferry on the tiny island, I jumped into the back of one of the numerous pick up trucks taking people to various dive schools across the island - Koh Tao is world famous for learning to dive.  I opted for the largest school on the island - Bans.  No real reason other than I wanted to be with a dive shop that is more about the diving than the partying.

I spent four days doing the PADI Open Water as previously I had been doing PADI Discovery dives where I had no real input in what I was doing - just follow the dive master.  I can't say enough great things about a) my instructors Marcel and Chris b) the people on the course with me and c) Finally getting that little card that says "Qualified diver".  I know it's the bottom step, but it's a step all the same.

I won't bore anyone with the details, because as you will read on in a few entries time, I returned to Koh Tao later on...

The rest of the time on Koh Tao was spent celebrating Thai New Year - Songkran.  Traditionally the Thai people go home to their famailes and throw water and flower over each other for a few days.  It was no different on Koh Tao.  Even walking down the small alley that is Saree Beach I was covered head to toe in water, talc, flower and dayglo paint.  It's all good harmless fun and certainly beats UK new year where people are depressed.

With a week left though before my flight home, I had to go check out one of the neighbouring islands...
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