Day One in Koh Tao: What more do you need?
Before I came on this trip I boasted to my colleagues that most of my trip I would be in the jungle. I had bought the Malaria pills, taken the heavy boots and the extra spray of mosquito repellent. I would not be island hopping. No Koh Phi Phi for me (Unless Leonardo Dicaprio is included on the beach [The beach movie was filmed there])
Now I find myself on Koh Tao, enjoying it more than anything I did before. The first day here I went on a snorkelling trip that took us around the island. Stopping at the most colourful beaches, where underneath the water a whole new world was hiding from the world above. The sun was high in the sky and cooling off in the water was exactly the counterbalance needed for the heat. We climbed the waves with a blue, small double-decker. We spent five hours dipping in and out of the water.
The first stop was Nuan yuan Island, a small but stunning island with a bridge of sand connecting two parts of the island. On the one side a mountain, on the other a resort. In between? Beaches and water that hid what they call `The Japanese Garden`: a beautiful coral reef consistent out of two reefs with a valley in between.
After that we went onto Mango Bay, Hin Wong Bay, Tanote Bay and ended at shark bay after 5 hours. I took the opportunity to make a video for my dad here, pretending I was being attacked by a shark. :) You are welcome, dad.
After our snorkelling trip I was exhausted and felt I deserved a treat, so we went over to BAM BAM`s for a well deserved chicken burger. There we met 3 English chaps that I christened: Dickies, Chang & number 2. (One was wearing a DIckies cap, one was in love with the local beer called Chang and number 2 was always just hanging around)
The guys took me and Jonathan, a guy I met on the snorkelling trip, out for a drink at the Lotus bar. (Officially my first party in Thailand...)
Surrounded by locals we danced to Sean Paul on the beach with the waves smashing into our legs. As the guys would say here: happy days!
Blessed are the curious, for they will have adventures.