Archive for October, 2007

Day 6 – Diving

Well, we finaly took the plunge and did more than move between the restaurant and the beachside cabanas and organised an afternoon of diving (and snorkeling for neens)

Dive 1: Japanese gardens

The highlight of this was a swim through a small cave

Dive 2: Twin rocks

An abundance of fish life, including a couple of moree eels, clown fish and a stingray. 2 ‘pinnacles’ of rock out in the ocean with schools a small fish milling around them.

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Day 4 snorkeling

Started the day by tearing into the water out in front of the Cabanas armed with a snorkel. The tide was still coming in but once you swim out through the shallows the reef begins. Another 20 metres out over the fringe and the bottom drops away to a couple of meters and the coral comes alive. Schools of feeding fish and plenty of sea cucumber.

Not bad for 50 metres from the sand.

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Arriving in after taking planes, boats, taxis and bumpy truck rides to our final destination we were delighted to see that the Koh Tao Cabanas had lived up to its reputation. Our lovely appointed room on the hillside beautifully decorated with thai colored silk pillows and wooden artifacts complete with semi outodoor-inn shower.

A stroll along the waterfront we discovered that we are nestled at the quiet northern end of the beach,where as the rest of the resorts seem to be a cluster of ramshackle beachshacks with koh phanghan style bar settings – lots of young Europeans.

With our stomachs rumbling for our first bite of thai cuisine, we headed to the resort’s restaurant. Set into the giant boulders overlooking the beachfront, we followed the candlelit pathway to our table and floor pillows. Over a mocktailand singha beer we ordered what seemed like the most delicious thai food we have experienced – shrimp on limegrass skewers followed by chilli whole sea bass, red chicken curry with fragrant jasmine rice wrapped in banana leaves.

After watching the disappointng fall to the Brits, on the big screen we did the walk of shame back through some raucous crowds to our bungalow retreat.

The king size bed covered with mosquito net, thai cushions provided a comfortable place for a sound sleep on our first night in Paradise!

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A travel day

Well today was about getting to our destination and it started fairly early from the random deserted serviced apartments that housed us for 5 hours after our flight into Bankok late Friday evening. The place was as deserted this morning as it was when we arrived in the middle of the night at 1:30. Quick continental breakfast then back to the new airport for the domestic flight on Bangkok airlines to Koh Samui.

The flight we had booked was delayed but we made it in time for the earlier 9:30 one so before we knew it we were disembarking in the new Koh Samui airport. We were very impressed with the new airport. I particualrly enjoyed the aquarium behind the men urinal.

We were smoothly shipped from the airport to the fast cat terminal, albiet over some fairly bumpy roads, to find that the next boat was at 1pm, giving us an hour and a half to kill. The cat left about 15 minutes late once the people from our delayed flight had arrrived and we were on the way to the island.

About 24 hours after we left Tokyo, Akasaka on the bus, we arrived into the port at Koh Tao then finally after a short truck ride, to the Koh Tao Cabanas!

Swim, walk on the beach and my first Singha and life is perfect!

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