After an 8-hour night train, an hour wait, an hour long bus ride, another hour wait, boarding the ferry, yet another hour wait, an hour and a half boatride and a fifteen-minute jeepride, we’ve finally arrived at the stunning island of Koh Tao. With the clear blue skies, palm trees and sandy white beaches I still associate with bounty commercials – talk about commercial brainwashing! – this place looks like a true paradise.
And we get to stay in a room right on one of the beaches. The only thing obscuring our view of the bluer then blue sea some palmtrees and a swing that reaches the shoreline. We’ve come to explore this lovely – although sometimes touristy – island for two days, but mostly to enjoy a little sea-side retrait after all the travelling.
They say a pictures is worth a thousands words. Usually, I prefer to use the thousand words – or two thousand at double speed – but Koh Tao really was indescribable. Rather than rattling off the usual clichés, I’ll show you what we did and saw in these more-than-thousand-worded pictures.
We basked and slept in the sun, waiting for our beautiful room to be ready.
We swam and read and relaxed untill dinner time.
Dinner – grilled chicken, assorted fish and prawns – took place to the backdrop of a nearly stormy sunset and was accompanied by nice cocktails and great conversation.
We saw a ladieboy-show, which was a mixed experience; they seemed to really enjoy putting on this elaborate show, but it was for the viewing pleasure of solely Western tourists and I couldn’t help but think about the many prejudices (or worse) they may encounter in their daily lives.
We slept in and then hiked – I say hiked, but in this heat it was more a leisurly stroll along concrete streets – to a viewpoint.
We went snorkelling just outside our room.
After a neighbour’s tip, we went snorkelling on the other side of the island at Ao Leuk and saw Dory, rainbow fish and zebra fish.
We lounged on the beach enjoying an even more stunning and perfect sunset
We went for dinner – grilled chicken and prawns again, unlike we usually do; we hardly ever eat the same thing twice in a row – and for dinner enjoyed a pancake with banana, nutella and caramel.
Then it was time for an early rise to our next destination Khao Sok and a home-stay.
And then we got sick.