1st April 2012
Ok, I wasn’t exactly pleased after arriving on Ko Tao via Lomprayah Catermaran, that the rain was still coming down.
Grabbing a taxi to Grand Coral Resort, in which we rode on the back in the open, (blowing away the tiredness cobwebs), there was a lot of confusion with our booking. More on that later. However, after checking into our dorm, I went to go and start booking a snorkelling trip. As there was a dive shop on the premises, they were advertising one so I went ahead and booked one for the next day and sooooooo, now it’s beach time! I needed to chill out after a long journey from Bangkok.
But there wasn’t much I could do as the rain literally stopped everything so to brighten myself up, while Matt was in bed, I went to get some reading in the bar lounge of the hotel and situated right in front of the beach. I had a great view thought while the breeze wafting in smelling of fresh sea. Ahhh, the Bangkok smog in my lungs were slowly dissapping. I thought it was about time that I start reading ‘The Beach’ in which it is based in Thailand.
By midday, things became better, and it was possible to sunbathe on the beach to which I did for 10 mins. I was itching to get into the sea but didn’t want to leave my bag with my hearing aid inside. But luckily, near me there were a trio of Swiss on their holiday and I got chatting to them about the weather…of course it’s the British thing to do…and they invited me to play beach ball with them and I could leave my bag with one of them as she sunbathed. Into the clear blue sea with white sands, I played beach ball. I won. Britain wins! Homs, the Swiss guy, complained that British would win because we have beaches and they don’t. I replied, have you been to a British beach this time of year?!
By late afternoon, I decided to check out Sairee Beach and bidding farewell to the Swiss Trio, I had a look through the shops, travel agents and bars that lined the beach. Topping my supply of water from the local 7/11 I went back and bumped into Nicola, from last night, at the resort bar. We had a catch up and she told me she was enjoying her PADI diving course and would I be interested in meeting up tonight for food with her and her friend? Course I would!
It would turn out to be an enjoyable night and especially the next one!
I know I didn’t do much today but I think it was good to stop and relax. I don’t have to do everything that’s on offer. It was a good day to unwind. And also good for my bank balance!
Have you been to Ko Tao?
love that photo of the boats and the reflection in the water!
Glad it stopped raining in time for you to enjoy the island a bit 🙂
Thanks! It was absolutely magical just being at Ko Tao!