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Jan 5, 2017 - A bit of a downer but it worked out ok in the end

I’m back in Bangkok after five days and four nights in Koh Tao…. An understatement would say that Koh Tao initially wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be…. The reality was – I really didn’t like it. In retrospect, I think my feelings were a mix of come down after the incredible week at the yoga retreat, apprehension about New Year’s Eve and what that might have in store, arriving at a new place as a solo traveller again (something I’ve mentioned previously seems to cause me to have a bit of a funk, but has certainly not been...

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Mar 2, 2014 - Ko Tao: magnífica

Para llegar a Ko Tao hay que elegir entre numerosas opciones y paquetes: barco con aire o sin aire, directo o con parada, con transbordo de barco o sin tener que cambiar, incluyendo taxi para recogerte o no...nosotros preguntamos por la opción más barata: más de tres horas de travesía. Paras en Ko Phangnang, tienes que cambiar de barco y todos sin aire acondicionado. Lo malo es cuando ves pasar a tu lado una especie de fred olsen en miniatura a toda pastilla y sin balancearse mientras tu vas en una montaña rusa marina. Pero bueno, llegas y...

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Aventura Indochina

Apr 12, 2012 - Fun on the Thai islands (Amy)

As you will see from the photos Koh Tao is incredibly beautiful. We ended up staying at the same guesthouse as the two guys from the silent retreat who I met at the train station, Scott and Mick. We spent a lot of time with them and it was really nice for me to be with people who understood the experiences I had on the retreat as I transitioned back to life outside the retreat center again. Overall, we spent our time on Koh Tao both hanging out in our awesome beachside cabana and cruising around on our rented motorbike to a few of the...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Feb 12, 2012 - Thailand - Days 33 & 34 - Fun diving & Motorcycle Trip

Feb. 11th: We got up early and met our instructor Ben, Emile has another group he is training today so we could not keep him for our fun dives. We had to re-pick out all our equipment for the day which was a total bust. They had no fins for me so I was stuck with a pair of flippers a size too big but as luck would have it I did get reunited back with my holey ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ wetsuit. First dive was at the #1 dive site in Koh Toa - ‘Chumpon Pinnacle’. The ocean was very rough and the wave swells were high. Upon jumping in we...

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Feb 11, 2012 - Thailand - Days 29 - 32 - Koh Toa, Advanced Diving Course

Koh Tao, meaning “Turtle Island” had a population of 1382 in 2006 and the economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving. Initially the island was not inhabited, there was only the occasional fisherman from the neighboring islands, looking for shelter in a storm or just taking a break before continuing his tiresome journey. In 1933 the island started to be used as a political prison. In 1947 Khuang Abhaiwongse, prime minister at that time, pleaded and received a royal pardon for all prisoners on...

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Feb 11, 2012 - Ko Tao: Episode 2 - The Islands

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well and enjoying the snow (typical it finally snows just after I leave!). After our first night, Laura and I spent a few days around Bangkok, having moved to a more central guesthouse. We spent a while looking round the markets around Khao San Road, and visited all sorts of interesting temples and monumenty things, including a 10 foot tall gold Buddha and the amazing palace. Its all so pretty and shiny! We also experienced a lot of the local food, including the complimentary bug that was in my black bean...

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Charlotte's travels

Mar 26, 2011 - Flood zone

Sunday, March 27 Mike developed a massive head and ear ache so we skipped the festival. It was loud enough to hear it all from our room anyway. Mike is totally freaked out and thinking he doesn't want to dive again but I'm insisting he “get back on the horse”. I've conquered plenty of fears so I know what it's like. He loves it when he's under water and it's worth it. Not today though as it's pissing rain and windy. Brian was very relieved to hear we wanted to wait a day and hope for better weather tomorrow. I was hoping to get in a couple...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Koh Tao, Diver's paradise

Friday, March 25 Today we went to school. Since it was raining we got all the scuba diving theory done and over with. Poor Mike was totally stressed out with the 4 chapter tests and especially the final exam when he was told you need 75% to pass. He got 80%. He didn't have to worry as Brian assured him that they'd work with him till he passed anyway. Our brains were pooped but we'd done nothing physically all day so we decided to don rain ponchos and do some walking. We chatted with some of the dive instructors who are totally baffled by...

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Feb 18, 2011 - Ko Tao

Definitely our favourite island - the most beautiful beaches with amazing snorkelling, very authentic Thai approach to life, which is really chilled out.....such lovely people, and delicious food! We stayed in a place called Tanote Bay which was reached only by boat or 4-wheel drive! We spent almost a week chilling out, reading in hammocks and floating in crystal clear water marvelling at the beautiful corals and colourful fish - pure bliss!...

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Dec 9, 2010 - Ko Tao 2

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SE Asia

Jun 28, 2010 - Ko Tao

Ko Tao is another one of Thailand's 'paradise' islands. It is really beautiful. It is smaller than Ko Pha-Ngan and also less built up. That said, it is still very touristy with copious amounts of bars and restaurants. I spent a lot of time on the beach here. I also spent a fair bit of time in the many bars that line the main stretch of beach, called Sairee Beach. There was always a beach party happening with DJ's, fire jugglers and buckets of horrible vodka. I have started to wind down my trip now. On one of my days here I went on a boat...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Ko Tao

10th June Set our alarms for half 3. Got up at half 3. Found no attendants and half 3 and paniced at quarter to 4 when the train stopped. There was a French couple who also was getting anxsy as they had a bycicle to get off the train at the same station as us but our arrival or the stations name is not announced and stops come without warning. Mid-wee the train stopped and so did i, i dashed out to see what was going on and found the guard asleep who told us there had been an hour delay and promised to wake us up in time for the station....

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