Ko Tao

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Monday, March 10, 2008

I wake up and hop on the ferry to Ko Tao and am there a short hour and a half later.  This place looks amazing just from the approach to the island.  I hop off the boat and share a taxi with a Swedish girl and two Canadians.  Amazing how easy it is to meet travelers and we are all talking like old friends by the end of the short 5 minute trip to the other side of the island basically.  After checking out a few places in Ao Chaloke Ban Kao (south side of the island) I find a bungalow for 700 baht ($23) and agree to switch into a 500 baht ($16) bungalow tomorrow.  Both of them are RIGHT ON THE BEACH and HAVE A HAMMOCK ON THE BALCONY!  I'm literally in heaven as the beach is absolutely amazing and is only a few steps from my doorstep.



I hit up the beach, swim, read, swim, talk with strangers.  I start hanging out with the Canadian girls and they are really kind and engaging!  Stacie and Jackie are really down to earth.  Met each other travelling last year in Australia and decided to do another trip together.  We grab lunch, chill on the beach and arrange for a boat ride around the island tomorrow.  All meals are eaten laying down and over the water on stilted restaurants with views to die for.  Today, I finally took the opportunity to cease wearing shoes of any kind, inspired by my favorite Swiss guy of all time, Richard from South Africa!  I'm no longer wearing shoes unless I absolutely have to and my feet are quite sensitive but I think it won't be long before I'm fine walking around.





The same people we met and talked to along the beach are at the local bar, also on/over the water with a swing and cushions on the ground.  This place is what you imagine the perfect beach to be likeˇ the waves are just enough to make the always endearing music in the background while the water is warm and crystal clear blue.  We all talk and hang out until early hours of the morning before I go back to chilling on my hammock on my balconyˇ
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