Asia 2016 Travel

BEAUTIFUL KOH TAO

20 August 2016

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.

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We basked and slept in the sun, waiting for our beautiful room to be ready.

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We swam and read and relaxed untill dinner time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We went snorkelling just outside our room.

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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.

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We lounged on the beach enjoying an even more stunning and perfect sunset

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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.

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Then it was time for an early rise to our next destination Khao Sok and a home-stay.

And then we got sick.

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