8th November - Sairee Beach, Koh Tao
So we had to leave Bangkok before nightfall when the insects come out....so that little bushtucker trial will have to wait till next week before we catch out flight!
But now here we are in Koh Tao, one of the best spots to scuba dive in the whole world. Nearly all the hotels are diving resorts, so we decided to stay in one because they had cheap rooms - no air con, no hot water...I'll come back to that! - and they had not 1, but 2 pools! Which we thought was a great bonus, except every day they are both full with beginners' scuba classes, so we've only had chance for a quick dip. If we were staying longer, me and Rik have both said we'd love to do a course, but hopefully in Australia we can do one on the Great Barrier Reef ( no doubt it will be a lot more expensive there though). The ocean is so crystal clear here however, that there is no need to go underwater, snorkelling or diving, as you can see right through the water to the seabed. It's a nice beach, but with a narrow sandy strip and it's very built up all the way along - bar after restaurant after bar. Doesn't beat Koh Chang I'm afraid![But as time passed I decided it was a 'grower']. It has that similar lazy atmosphere, where the seats are just cushions on a beachside wooden platform. It's apparently the low season here, but it is still busier than the previous island we visited and I'm enjoying the more 'resort' feel here.