Published: January 10th 2009January 10th 2009
Lovely Sairee Beach ! Koh Tao
After arriving back into Bangkok from Hanoi, we travelled straight down south and made the most horrendous boat crossing (!) over to Koh Tao, which was to be our haven for the next 2 weeks !
We're back in Thailand !! Arrived back into Bangkok and headed straight down South to the Samui Islands in the Lower Southern Gulf of Thailand, to our chosen xmas destination of Koh Tao !!
So exciting to be arriving on the islands, although the past couple of months have been amazing, its also been quite hectic and both of us were very much looking forward to a couple weeks of relaxing, swimming and diving ! (Sorry guys, its apparently like -6 there now isnt it ?!??!)
Over the past weeks in SE Asia, we've become accustomed to (as well as each other!) hot and smelly cities, roads you can barely walk let alone drive on, motorbikes carrying a whole family, their groceries and a live pig all at the same time, Vietnamese spitting all over the place (that was really gross) men with a super long little finger nail (?!?), squat toilets with a dog bowl in a pail of water to throw down after you've used it, cold showers, being covered with mozzie bites, lizards and frogs singing all through the night, taking your shoes/flip flops off before going inside any home/shop/bar/restaurant/beach bungalow, banana pancakes for breakfast, pad thai,
Sunset from the deck by our bungalow
The water here was so calm, and crystal clear, perfick !
steaming food stalls in markets with plastic chairs to sit and munch your "fry rice chicken" at, local women climbing steep hills laden with half a banana tree on her head and logs on her back, men squatting in groups at the side of the road gossiping loudly or playing games, rice laid out on plastic sheets in the dust to dry in the sun, chillies and sausage meet on hut roofs left out to dry in the sun... wow ! Actually i'm surprising myself with how much we've gotten used to seeing and doing on a daily basis !! And I could go on ! (but i wont...) Is pretty amazing.
It was actually quite strange to arrive on this sun drenched island, totally geared up for westerners on their holidays and leaving all the cultural adventures behind for a while ! So this blog, is going to be pretty cultural-free (well, from now on!) as we literally spent the 2 weeks on Koh Tao; diving (we swam with some amazing fish and the coral here is beautiful), swimming, playing frisbee, eating and drinking ! Perfick.
I think the pics pretty much speak for themselves.....
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