Diving and dirt bike riding adventure
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
81Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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I ended up chilling near the pier when I got to Ko Tao as I couldn't face the touts for taxis etc. Iended up walking to the main village Sairee beach (now I have practically no stuff that type thing is possible). No-one walks here so as a result they tend to drive super close when you walk which is always fun especially as Thais want predestrians to walk along the flow of traffic so things rear up behind you with little notice
My refresher dive day involved me sitting on the boat the first dive while they went through the scuba skills. I had done one of those courses about 3 months before so couldn't be bothered. I watched the Thai boat boys fish using a hook, line and bits of pineapple instead. They were surprisingly effective and soon there were 5 fish flapping with surprising vigour on the deck. Then we went for a dive - there were slight communication issues as the instructor was French with not brilliant English but sign langauge seemed to work even if pleasant conversation didn't.
I booked up for 2 dives the next day to go out with the proper fun diving groups. I was in a small group of 5 including 2 dive masters. We saw some pretty good stuff the first dive but it was nowhere near as good as other locations I have dived like Australia or Mozambique
After the dive we all chilled out in the bar on the beach and originally I was being very good after my fast and not drinking and not eating bad things but then decided on a pizza. So I can officially say that my diet has gone back to normal now except I try and eat a salad a day. It is actually harder than it looks out here as the Thai's don't eat salad normally apart from Papaya salad which contains 16 small dry red chillis as a minimum! Refreshing it is not! Then they do Western salads which are tiny and expensive.
So anyway there are a group of us chilling out from the dive including a Scottish guy Trevor who is motorbiking around the world. He has done Pakistan, Iran and India so far before hitting Thailand. It is funny listening to him talk and watching the guys salivate over it. It is most definately a guy thing - they seem to admire him and fancy him in equal measure because of it. Girls myself included just don't really get it all the talk about spares and handling of the bike etc just goes over our heads
I ended up being convinced to sample some Gin and Tonic which went straight to my head after being sober for a fortnight. I ended up staying for a staff party which involved ballons, water and much alcohol. I went for a walk on the beach which was amazing. The water was so high but also so still because it was full moon. Also the full moon provided great lighting to see most of the coast.
I woke up for my next set of dives feeling worse than I thought I would from the two drinks I had had. I ended up getting a ride with Trevor on his bike which was exciting and scary in equal measure. It was awesome go feel the power of the bike as we overtook but also remember that I was wearing shorts and a string top and no helmet so would lose 99% of my skin if I came off. I guess that is the thing here - no-one wears helmets or protective gear so it becomes normal...which I know isn't right. But I figured Trevor would be safer than most as he has done 27 000 miles on the bike this trip alone compared to guys who have rented a scooter for the first time.
My first dive I was having issues with my ears so had to surface early with my own dive master buddy. The diving is so much better set up than anywhere else I have dived with two dive masters on each dive, one leading and the other there to help anyone with issues. Which came in bloody handy the second dive when I couldn't get down at all
I woke up today feeling terrible so spent a fortune on ear drops to try and clear the infection. It is wierd because my balance has been affected so quite often I will be walking on flat ground and feel like I am on a boat with the ground moving up and down in front of me. I have a 6 hour ferry trip to look forward to tomorrow followed by a 3 hour bus. Then a 3 hour ferry the next day to finally get to Ko Phi Phi, It better be worth it!
Trevor and I decided to go for a bit of a ride on his bike today as he overslept and missed his dive and I obviously couldn't dive with my ear issues. It was fine on the tar roads - although you definately feel every bump of which there are many here far more on a bike than car. Then we get to a pretty steep sand stretch. I offer to get off and walk but we end up attempting it. But I think the front wheel caught a rock then sand and the bike started to tip towards downhill. I managed to leap off - no idea where the speed and dexterity came from. Probably self preservation instinct of seeing a large heavy bike falling towards me. Trevor wasn't quite as quick and ended up getting grazzed down his back. So that was the end of that adventure and probably the last time I see myself on a bike this holiday at least!