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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao May 23rd 2019

De Jungle Party was best leuk. Tussen de bomen met een watervalletje en een vuurshow. Ik heb hier nog behoorlijk ingehouden met de alcohol, omdat ik anders de volgende dag niet zou overleven. Die begon namelijk met een feestje op de boot. We kregen hier een emmer mixdrankje gratis waar ik er later nog eentje van nam. Heel gezellig met veel mensen gepraat, ook die niet met de groepsreis mee waren. Tussendoor stopten we nog ergens om van de boot het water in te springen en te snorkelen. Toen kregen we een prima lunch om weer een bodempje op te bouwen. Na nog een stukje rondvaren gingen we weer terug naar het hostel voor nog een poging tot een dutje te doen (wat mij helaas niet lukte, nog te wakker zijn en een hard matras gaan ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao April 19th 2019

The train arrived at Chumphon early in the morning. I had to wait a few hours for the ferry. Luckily there was a stand nearby where they sold coffee and some fried dough that tasted like churros/oliebollen. a 65 year old man sat there in his bikers clothes, having his breakfast. He spoke very well english and told me how he traveled through different countries on his bike. When he isn't traveling, he rides his bike every morning through Chumphon and has his breakfast at the stand. It was very impressive. The bus finally arrived to take us to the pier. On the ferry, I sat on the deck to feel the breeze. I was instantly happy to see the sea again! The ferry took about 2 hours to get to the island. My next host ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao June 7th 2018

Koh Tao is visited mostly for its exceeding reputation for scuba diving. We spent 3 days at Big Blue Diving school, completing our open water dive course. We didn’t actually see much of Koh Tao itself as we spent the duration of our time there learning to dive. However we stayed on a perfect beach with clear water and golden sand, with fire throwing and entertainment every night at the beach bars. Big Blue had been recommended to us as the best place to learn to dive, and it really was. Our instructor was a young Israeli lad called Yam who taught us in the most fun way possible, making us feel completely comfortable and confident. Once we’d got the basics, he had us doing backflips and tricks under water. We loved it. We did 4 ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 24th 2017

We have had such a great time on this beautiful island. The others swam with the sharks again this morning, the boys for over two hours. We swam in the pool and messed about on the beach. Then we packed our bags because tomorrow morning we leave here at 5.0am to catch the ferry to Don Sak. This afternoon the the weather changed. It is windy, the sea is rough and we have had a few spots of rain. We are hoping our ferry won't be cancelled because of rough seas. ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 23rd 2017

George and Sam had the closest encounter with the sharks early this morning. Georgie said it's the first time he felt nervous as one of them was circling him. They hope to have some good photos. After breakfast we got a ride to the pier in town and hired a longtail boat and went right round the island. We had was such a fabulous day. The sea was rough for the first part and we got very wet indeed. We arrived at a group of three small islands that were so idealic except there were so my tourist there and it seemed they were all wearing orange life jackets. Most if them I think were Chinese. We walked along a spit of sand that joined two of the island and there were rows of deck chairs ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 22nd 2017

I hardly dare whisper this but the weather is perfect. Monsoon! What monsoon? Early this morning the others were out looking for sharks and I sat on the veranda with my pot if tea. Mollie came back after about an hour and said "I think that's enough swimming with sharks for now". We did laugh - how blase is that? We've had another lovely day pottering about swimming etc Included here some screen shots from the go pro ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 21st 2017

This morning I woke very early and the cove was mine. From the veranda I watched as, slowly, people came down to the beach for an early morning snorkel. There are never many people on the beach. The sea has white horses today but our little cove is quite calm. The boys went snorkeling early and came back thrilled to the core saying they had been surrounded by black tip sharks, the biggest one about 5 1/2 ft. They woke Mollie and went again and saw more sharks but not as many. I'm so pleased for them. After breakfast we went into town for supplies. It was to hot to spend too much time looking around so we came back and went to the other side of the peninsular to snorkel. It was so lovely and ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 20th 2017

Today I overcame my sea phobia and went snorkeling with the others. So many different colored fish and only a couple of feet from the shore. As we swam further out it was sad to see all the broken coral that had obviously been trampled on by us humans. This cove is quite shallow. George and the kids went snorkeling on the other side of our little peninsular and said that though it's a bit of a climb down to the water it is much deeper so the coral is still beautiful. I'll go there next time and see it Later in the day the three came back from a long snorkeling session and told me how they had seen a black tip shark and they had followed a turtle for about half an hour. They ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 19th 2017

After breakfast and a swim we finished packing and took the truck back into town and waited for our ferry to Ko Tao. The sea was choppy on the one and half hour journey but we were all fine. (I took a travel pill). It was very busy when we docked but our driver was there to meet us and he drove us up the steep, narrow roads to Sai Daeng Beach Resort. This place is absolutely stunning. It is set into a rocky hillside. The reception is at the top (I don't think I'll be climbing up there much) and the chalets are scattered down the sides down to the beach. Our rooms are just about on the beach which is great for me with my dodgy hip - it couldn't be more perfect. G ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao June 17th 2017

So after Tom and Andrea left us, we were back on a boat again in no time heading back to Koh Tao. This time round there was no time for beach hopping, it was strictly PADI! The first night we had homework to do, before even putting our feet in the water. The next few days we spent in and out of the water and in the classroom qualifying for our open water PADI! Our group consisted of six girls, four of us were physio's (poor jo!), and Maria the crazy Italian! We nicknamed ourselves 'Alex's angels' as a tribute to our instructor. On the last night we had all agreed to meet up on the bar crawl in town. So as the older ladies we went back for a nap and then a quick shower ... read more
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