Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
82Trip End Apr 12, 2013
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Ban's Diving ResortP
Unfortunately, for the next 48 hours the heavens had decided to dump its contents on our heads, and the island was deluged with a torrential downpour. This turned out to be as good a time as any to spend shut in a classroom, learning the basics of diving, underwater pressures, densities etc, and spending time in the practice pool learning our initial scuba techniques
Koh Tao turned out to be a very memorable place, and certainly one of our highlights so far. The nightlife was superb, some really cool beachside bars and restaurants serving some totally delectable grub. During the day we were finally blessed with some consistent sunshine, so we actually managed to work on our tans for once. Eventually my pasty Scottish complexion is being forced out in favour of a more bronze choice.
It was also here that our group we had travelled on and off with for nigh on two months was to split up. Three of the kiwi lads had left us on Koh Phangan, but we still had the main contingent of Lou, Harry and Tim
We hired a longboat taxi in the afternoon, and explored the island a little. We went snorkelling in a place called Mango Bay, and relaxed on the beach, before returning back to Sairee Beach, where we were staying, in time for sunset out at sea.
We rented a large beachfront bungalow for the night, which had a huge balcony facing the ocean. We made ourselves a couple of whisky buckets in the room, got some beers chilling in the fridge, and ordered a mammoth pizza delivery to our accommodation. Some chilled out tunes on, playing cards out, reminiscing about ridiculous and hilarious times past, we had a hell of a time. Of course, the night didn’t end there, as after a few rounds of drinks we had the disastrous thirst for more, so we went back to the diving school bar and partied for a few hours, watching the poor attempts of travellers to combat the flaming skipping rope, discussing how terrible DJs are in this part of the world, before promptly forgetting our complaints and dancing horribly on the beach shortly after. A classic night by all accounts.
Bereft of our travelling companions the next day, it felt like the end of an era, and that our travels were moving on to phase two. Funnily enough, our dive course was the last point of official planning we had made before departing the UK.
It was time to slow down the hectic pace, and take it easy. Abi and I had a few days left to chill out and do nowt, before moving on to one of many more exquisite beach areas we would visit in Thailand. Next stop, Railey.
Koh Tao, you’re a beaut, keep up the good work!