Ko Tao Island...little piece of paradise!

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Pahnun Bungalows

Flag of Thailand  , Ko Tao,
Sunday, May 18, 2008

You know when you keep hearing how lovely something is for whatever reason and you're expectations are so high that you get disappointed...well this is not the case in Ko Tao, Turtle Island, the disappointment i mean. It is absolutely stunning and feels like an island paradise...gorgeous clear water of different shades of blue with lots of coral reef, fish and white cool sand. The island was only 'discovered' aboot 10-15 years ago as it was quite vacant but has rapidly become very popular needless to say for relaxing and a diving mecca but it's still small enough to enjoy and feel that paradise seclusion...which was greatly appreciated after my very long journey to get there from Siem Reap. I didn't sleep in the train at all as i always have issues sleeping while moving...arrived in Chumphon aboot 6am then bus to pier then 2hr fast ferry to the island. Seems like a world away from where i was 24 hrs earlier, in Camdodia....well it is.

I stayed in yes another bunaglow with a view to die for...it was up on the hill with the coast well in sight (maybe 80m away), just walk down some steps down the big rocks and is the perfect place to swim and snorkel (as the case is in many bays off the island). The island is relatively small...a motorbike is the best way to get around. My bungalow was actually an hour walk from the main town so i naturally hired a bike for my time there. The island is very hilly and goes up to 300m...so driving the bike on the dirt road from the bungalow to the main road was quite a challenge each time...veryyyy steep and lose dirt/gravel with potholes and grooves that catch the tires...it was great fun though! Didnt' damage the bike or myself (only a few scrapes on me that is). I found myself a great bar, Sunset View bar, atop one of the hills with a 180 degrees view of all the beaches...met a few peope there, had some beers and some laughs. My time consisted of hammock swinging, scotting around, exploring, suntanning, reading, snorkeling... absolutely lovely! Met a German guy, one of my neighbours and went snorkeling with him my last day to the other end of the island, soaking up the last few hours of paradise. Then returned my wee but tough motorbike in the afternoon and arranged to met a French guy, Jeremy i met at the sunset bar...to get the boat together to go to another island. Bye bye to the little piece of heaven...there's plenty more of islands to come though...
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