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They drive on the left - as do all the best countries in the world!
Places we stayed and our Star Rating
Jom Thong - 3* - lovely big ...
... the second most divers in the world next to Cairns, Australia. I didn't book anything prior since this is low season and find great deals when bartering with the establishments or with the venders waiting for you when you arrive off the ferry. I stayed at Ko Tao Central Hostel because it was close to the ferry. It was a good area but in hind sight I would have preferred a little further north on the island since the cool bars and ...
... of some street food for lunch and came across a few stalls serving rice and noodle dishes. We had really tasty yellow noodles. Then having spotted 'Ban's Dive school' across the road, I thought it would be rude not to stop by and see if Jen's (an ex colleague) brother was around. Before we left she told me he worked here for the high season, so I had been in contact with him. Unfortunately he was not around, and not knowing what he looks like, we couldn't really search for ...
... I can I said and it gave me something to look forward to.
The Hacienda sits inside the Leisure Park which really gets it's name because it has Koh Tao's only non-diving activity here - the Mini Golf!
The staff at the Hacienda are all really nice, mainly Thai and Burmese and just one or two of us whiteys to fill in some gaps. I am struggling to learn all their names though - Dam, Tam, Gan, So, La, Laa. I'm not sure if I should sing their names! But ...
Koh Tao issues more scuba diving certifications than anywhere else in the world. The whole island is about diving. There is more than 40 diving schools, and just so you get an idea, you can get from north to south in 20 minutes on a motorbike, so it is quite a small Island.
Getting here was a bit of a hassle. A 6.30 am bus to Donsak from Krabi, an hour waiting and then getting squeezed in a ferry first to Koh ...