I was a little frazzled when we left Bangkok. I was just ready to get on a beach and relax for awhile. So we headed to Koh Tao. The island of Koh Tao is located in the gulf of Thailand just north of two other popular islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Sumui. It is also the smallest of the three. It ended up being a prettay…prettay good decision!
Our first night we decided we would pay extra to get some air conditioning and reclaim our sanity back, or at least mine. The bungalow was right on the beach and it was 500 bhat per person, which comes out to about $15 per person. This was well worth the $15 because I had a great night of sleep and was ready to explore the island. Adam knew that there was a fellow couchsurfer on the island and wanted to meet him. Ironically, the resort we were staying at was right next door to his scuba diving establishment. What are the odds?! He gave us helpful information about the island and was very nice. We then hiked a road (rough dirt path) to a nearby bay that ended up being quite the hike. Towards the end of the trail, the road was almost straight up & down. Seriously, you would start falling backwards if you stopped walking. The beach was amazing and we spent a couple of hours there before the trek back. When we got back to our resort we checked into a cheap bungalow that overlooked the ocean. This bungalow was $5 dollars per person, with just a fan. To flush the toilet you had to fill up a bucket of water and pour it down the toilet. Oh yeah, you also had to throw your toilet paper in the trashcan. But it was actually a pretty good room. However, before we went to sleep, I spotted a giant cockroach on the curtains. This was the largest specimen I have ever seen. Adam and I had to tag team it to kill it and it still took about 5 stomps.
The next day we walked almost the whole length of the island. We went to the popular beaches and saw some pretty amazing lookouts. That night I just sat in the ocean for a couple of hours and watched the sun go down. I was really sun burnt from walking around in the sun all day so this felt amazing. The next day consisted of lying around on beaches. The water was so warm and pretty on Koh Tao—it was very relaxing. Our last night, we moved back into the air-conditioned bungalow to end our stay on the island. The a/c rooms were the only ones with outlets, and we needed to charge our electronics.
My general thought of the island was that it was beautiful. You need to watch out for the locals trying to scam you sometimes, but that was easy to deal with. If on a budget, walk to where you need to go (a good way to see the island), and don’t rent the motorbikes because the island is small. The food is amazing and we found a place that became our regular spot. The restaurant was called Tropicana. The workers would wave and say hi to us each time we entered because they knew what we were going to order: Phat Tai with chicken. Keep it coming please!!!
Thank you Koh Tao for restoring my faith in Thailand.
Next stop: Penang, Malaysia.