“The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
To go to a tropical island has been on the top of my to do list for way too long. I was looking for azure waters, sparkling white sand beaches and lush vegetation like the ones I had pictured on my pc desktop, mobile phone and in the numerous travel magazines I had at home.
There was a big indecision between Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. The choice fell on the latter as it seemed to have enough attractions for the tourists but not enough to have lost its local spirit and culture.
The only inconvenience was that there is no direct flight, so a 2 hours trip with the ferry was inevitable. We took the bus from Khao San Road (with Lomprayah), which we thought we had booked for 9.30 am but turned out it was actually 9:30 pm (Yikes!!!). After all the horrifying stories I had previously read about car accidents in Thailand and how important is to avoid transfers by night, we were about to experience one. Striking – if you ask me to describe it with one word, this would be the right one. Our driver arrived one hour and a half later but nevertheless we arrived on time for the ferry (I leave to you all the conclusions).
Once out of the bus, I quickly bought a package of Italian cookies, completely forgetting that I suffer from sea sickness. The next two hours were a nightmare for me and for at least another 50% of the passangers as the sea was particularly rough. (*for the way back I studied many natural remedies and they worked! I put a piece of lime under my tongue, I was taking deep breaths accordingly to the motion of the boat and I was staring at a fixed point in the horizon. Of course I was the first one to put feet on the terra firma but at least I did it as boss! :)).
After I couple of hours we arrived safe and sound (some more than others) at Koh Tao. I was very impatient to find out whether the pictures on google images or the opinions on Trip advisor were more truthful. The latter were describing it as “not the right place if you are looking for paradisiac beaches”, “no clean water” “don’t expect white sands”, etc. Now that I have been to other places in Thailand as well, I can tell that for sure it is incomparable to Koh Poda or the Similan islands. But lets not forget that Koh Tao is an inhabited island that boasts plenty of hotels, resorts, restaurants, banks, discos, diving and yoga centers, supermarkets and so on.
Our hotel was on Sairee beach which is the liveliest area of the island but we also spent two days exploring the nearby Freedom beach and the island of Nang Yuan – famous for its peaks connected by a tiny strip of sand. In total we saw 5 different beaches with 5 completely different landscapes. Could I ask for more? No!
Here are a few photos with more details. *taken in 2013
Have you ever been there? Did you like it? Or would you add it to your bucket list?