I awoke just before docking, and got my things together before barging my way out onto the jetty and straight through the touts to the town beyond. I found a place to stay and a place to dive - the two most important things! I have wanted to do some specialty courses for a while - Enriched Air and Deep Diving and decided that with Ko Tao being a famous place to learn that this would be where I would do these courses. Of course the flip side is that that meant spending all day in the classroom....
I had forgotten her cheesy, poor quality and generally crap the PADI videos are, but I was soon reminded. My breakfast pork steamed bun kept me running until lunch - Tom Yum with seafood. For those who have not had it Tom Yum is a spicy soup with a strong lemongrass flavour (Deano... this one was ALMOST, but not quite as good as your Tom Yum. And a lot better than mine!).
More classroom in the afternoon, before going back to my bungalow for a powernap. It left me pretty dazed and confused - when I woke up I was convinced it was the next morning and that my watch was infact lying to me!
Koh Tao itself is a strange island - basically a collection of dive schools it is a very popular place to learn to dive. The streets are lined with more international restaurants than thai, and the standard irish bar, british bar collection is here. It caters for a certain crowd, and like most dive resorts that catering does not include any real local culture at all. Its a place to dive, eat and drink and it makes no excuses. What I like about this is the menus are in English! The challenge of ordering food is far harder here than in Malaysia and Indonesia as the bloody script is different - at least in Japan they had photos and models of the food! It does feel a bit like cheating though.
I went to get some Thai Green curry for dinner - delicious. The problem with Thailand is it seems that there really arent enough meals in the day!
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