After a 10 hour bus, a two hour ferry and a short taxi ride, we soon found ourselves on the beautiful island of Koh Tao. This island had particularly been recommended to us by friends for its beautiful scenery and fantastic diving/snorkelling opportunities.
We checked into the Limes Hotel and swiftly set about finding ourselves something to eat – after all that travelling we were starving! There was a cool little spot called the Indie Cafe opposite our hotel so we stopped there for a bit of breakfast, coffee and juice.
After breakfast the heavens opened on us so we decided the best way to spend some time in the rain was to indulge in a spot of pampering! There was a nice little place just down from our hotel so we spent some time getting manicures, pedicures and foot massages – it was so lovely.
By this point the relaxation had got to us we were all completely shattered! We popped back to the room for a quick nap before heading back out into town and grabbing a quick lunch of savoury crepes at a nice French cafe called La Petit Palace.
After lunch the rain had stopped so we made our way down to the beach where we spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing and swimming in the sea.
After a couple of western meals that day we definitely wanted to have some authentic Thai food for dinner and made our way to a nice looking little restaurant called Thong Thai Food which we instantly fell in love with. The food was absolutely delicious and their cocktails second to none!
We particularly loved this restaurant as it was so obviously family run. They even had their own little mini waitress – the owner’s two year old daughter who was so cute. Catriona busted out her teacher talk and before we knew it we had made a friend for life!
After a delicious meal we headed out towards the beach and sat out on beanbags sipping cocktails at Fizz Bar. It was so lovely. After a long day travelling we slept like logs that evening!
The next morning Catriona and I were picked up outside our hotel bright and early and were driven across to Maehaad pier where we would be embarking on a snorkelling day trip. Catharina was off driving so it was just us for the day.
We boarded our boat (by climbing through three other boats!) and made our way out to sea!
We would be snorkelling at a few different points around the island during the day; Shark Bay, Aow Leuk Sandy Bay, Hin Wong Bay and Mango Bay where we stopped for lunch.
We saw some really cool sea life down in the depths but much to our disappointment no sharks this time! The other people on our boat were really lovely so we enjoyed chatting away to them.
After lunch we headed to the stunning Koh Nang Yuan island which was just picture perfect – exactly how you imagine a paradise island. Cat and I grabbed some sun loungers and a couple of beers and enjoyed a bit of sunbathing before heading back to the pier and making our way back to Koh Tao. Unfortunately Cat’s skin didn’t enjoy the sun as much as we did and she returned to the hotel like a complete lobster! Oops!
That evening we met back up with Catharina and made our way out into the town for some dinner. We stopped first at the Spanish restaurant opposite our hotel for a glass of wine and a couple of tapas dishes before heading back to our favourite Thai restaurant.
When we got to the restaurant I popped to the loo and on coming out I bumped into the little two year old from the night before. She looked up at me and straight away gave my legs the biggest hug – it was the cutest thing! She then sat with us our entire meal – crying when her mum tried to peel her away! Ha. In the end we taught her how to play patticake and somehow taught her how to say ‘green salad’… Only the important stuff.
After dinner we made the most of the Koh Tao nightlife and hit a few of the bars for some more drinks – it was great fun. We particularly enjoyed the fire show out on the beach.
The next morning, feeling a little worse for wear from the night before, we popped out for breakfast. Before we knew it the rain started again and we were completely stranded – the rain was so heavy you really couldn’t go out in it! We made a dash back to the hotel and used the time to sort out some admin bits such as our flights and accommodation in Cambodia. It was a shame to be inside on such a beautiful island but there was not much else we could do unfortunately in such a bad storm.
The rain went on for a few hours and by time time it finished we were all hungry again so we made our way back across to the Indie cafe for some coffee and lunch.
After lunch the sun was back out in force so we headed down to the beach to spend the last few hours of the afternoon (of course this ended in a couple of cocktails watching the sunset).
That evening we decided that we couldn’t possibly go back to the same restaurant for the third time in a row (even though we all wanted to!) so we set off to another Thai restaurant in town; we instantly realised the error of our ways, their massaman curry was no where near as good! After dinner we grabbed some ice creams from 7-11 and made our way back to the hotel to get sorted with our packing! We were leaving Kho Tao bright and early the next morning ready to head to our next destination – the island of Koh Lanta.