KO TAO - THAILAND

Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
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Trip End Oct 14, 2009


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our 45 minute boat ride from Ko Phangan to Ko Tao turned into a 2 hour one, but at least it was smooth.  These boat rides we take are always interesting.  First of all, the crew throws (literally) everyone's luggage into either a small gated area on the boat deck with a tarp over it or they pile it inside the cabin with you into a huge massive mountain that people have to climb to get around.  Secondly, to get on the boat, they have you walk across a wood or metal steep ramp with no hand rails while the boat is swaying back and forth WITH your luggage in hand.  There is usually a 3 or 4 foot gap between the dock and the boat.  It takes some guts.  Finally, a whole different experience if your on a night boat, this I'll talk about later.

So are trip from Ko Phangan to Ko Tao was pretty good.  We got lunch (Mexican pizza, strange in Thailand but really good) and our hotel picked us up.  Within 20 minutes we were in our bungalow overlooking the beach and bay.  This bungalow was 88 steep steps up.  It is actually the cheapest bungalow they have but the best view.  Much nicer then our first bungalow but we miss something about that place...no, not the poo.  

We spent the next few days doing little to nothing.  Finding different places to eat and hanging out on the beach.  There are some cool reggae bars in the area.  We are surprised how reggae is so popular even in Thailand.  Bob Marley really was the best.  Most places also have magic mushroom shakes, coffee, cookies and even omelets (even family places) and NO, we haven't had any either.  Basically, we've just been hanging out as usual on the islands.  It's our vacation from our trip.  It's been wonderful, but we both are ready to get back on the road. 

One thing we will really miss about this place is the "Pancake Show".  There is this little Thai man that has a cooker-hut thing attached to his motorbike.  From 4pm until midnight he sits outside of 7-11 with a line of people ordering pancakes.  They are soooo good.  I always get the banana, chocolate, cinnamon one.  He slaps and snaps his hands around and will even do a little dance if he's in the mood. So, we've been there everyday.  Yesterday, while waiting for yet another ferry, Brian and I walked into town to waste time and on the way the Pancake Man honked at us.  Weird thing is that he recognized us from BEHIND!  This means one of two things: one, we eat too many pancakes or two: we need to change our clothes. 

While in Ko Tao we thought we'd treat ourselves to a massage.  After each paying $7, we both had gotten 45 minute massages.  Best part is that Brian's masseuse was a Ladyboy.  Wikipedia describes a ladyboy as: "woman of the second kind" or "third gender" .  Needless to say, Brian felt very uncomfortable from a few hours after wards.

We kept pushing off our leave date because we want to stay as long as we can in Thailand but to stay for another 2 weeks we have to do a visa run.  So that's next on our To Do list.  Should be interesting going to the country of Myanmar.
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