Our arrival on Ko Tao was so early – we had barely slept the night before, and had to have some major nap time on our first day there. The best part about our boat trip was that we had made some new friends and planned on meeting them for dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby. We slept the day away and had a girls’ dinner, talking about what we planned on doing for the next few nights on the island. We planned a to join the pub crawl, and take advantage of some nice weather to relax and explore the island, which turned out to be tiny!
The beach we stayed on was called Sairee Beach, and this was where most of the action was located. Tons of young people were on the island, on account of the full moon being soon on the neighboring island of Koh Phangan, and this made for awesome nightlife on our island as well. The beach bars looked right out onto the ocean in most cases, and when the tide was in it seemed that the ocean might just come right into the bar, as well.
We had so many relaxed, beachy days on the island without much to do but enjoy the excellent food and great weather. We had sushi three times! At this point i’d been travelling for just over a month and was getting “riced out” on Thai food – it was refreshing to be able to get some of the Western foods we had been craving: pizza and pasta anyone??
One of the main attractions on Ko Tao is the diving culture – many people stay there to get certified as it’s one of the cheapest places in the world to do it. Did we do it?? Nope! Neither Chelsea or I were too keen on going diving, I had gone in Phi Phi + loved it but not enough to drop some serious cash on getting certified – yet.
Two of the biggest highlights of our time on the island were going to the ladyboy cabaret and getting our tattoos one very loud and crazy night! The ladyboy cabaret was situated in a bar (populated entirely, of course, by ladyboys) where there was a free show every night featuring the ladies lip synching and dancing to classic pop diva anthems and show tunes! It was soo funny and the ladies were ridiculously sexy, we got to chat with a few of them while taking pictures after – some of them had a wicked sense of humour 😛
Getting my tattoo on the night of the pub crawl had to be one of the craziest things I did while travelling. I got it in the traditional Thai method using a long bamboo stick and a steady hand. My tattoo artist was female, and she did an excellent job on the script I got on my wrist. The word I decided on was “hai jai”, a verb that can mean “to breathe, to live” or “to be alive”. Chelsea got a spur-of the moment tattoo as well, it was pretty hilarious!
Our days on the little island were amongst the most relaxed and quiet that we had on our trip – after so much travelling and crisscrossing the country, it was nice to just land somewhere for five days and enjoy the beach culture of Thailand in all it’s laid-back glory. We were also eagerly anticipating the next part of our trip – going back to Bottle Beach and Koh Phangan for another Full Moon, Baby!
- Welcome Home to Bottle Beach (fearlessadventure.wordpress.com)
- Chalok Bay, Koh Tao: How I Spent my Birthday in Paradise (travelchameleons.com)
- The Journey to Koh Tao (twogotlost.wordpress.com)