Changwat Surat Thani

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  • Day68

    Koh Tao

    July 10 in Thailand

    Here we spent most of our time on, in or under water 🐠. Had an amazing time getting our Open Water Diver certificate! It was not always easy - doing all those exercises to prepare for the worst possible scenarios, and getting seasick, and most importantly facing some of our fears - but it was so worth it! Having good friends around only made it more special :)

  • Day13

    Koh Phangan

    September 15 in Thailand

    Ich bin gut auf Koh Phangan angekommen. Von den Ausläufern des Taifuns war heute nichts zu spüren. Hier auf der Insel ist es zwar bewölkt aber natürlich trotzdem sehr warm. Nachdem ich in der Unterkunft eingecheckt habe bin ich noch auf die Walking Street hier in der Nähe gegangen, die jeden Samstagabend ist. Zu essen gab es diesmal das übliche Pad Thai, Fleischspieße, fritiertes Sandwich und gegrillter Sticky RiceRead more

  • Day16

    Lieblingsrestaurant auf Koh Phangan

    September 18 in Thailand

    Mein Lieblingsrestaurant auf Koh Phangan ist das "Life Style Restaurant". Für nur 50THB (1,30€) gibt es hier alle Thai Gerichte und die Portionen sind groß. Fruit Shakes kosten 30THB (80cent).
    Das ist es wert zum Essen immer eine halbe Stunde zu Fuß hin zu laufen.
    Anders als in normalen Restaurants bekommt eine Menükarte und einen Schreibblock auf den man das gewünschte Essen und Trinken selber schreiben soll.Read more

  • Day17

    Ankunft auf Koh Tao

    September 19 in Thailand

    Ich bin gut auf Koh Tao und in dem Hostel angekommen. Die Insel ist deutlich kleiner als Koh Phangan und das merkt man schon bei den ersten Schritten. Nicht alle Straßen sind asphaltiert und es gibt merkbar weniger Verkehr.

  • Day18

    Koh Nang Yuan

    Yesterday in Thailand

    Koh Nang Yuan ist die schönste Insel auf der ich jemals war. Ein Strand verbindet die drei Inseln miteinander. Das Wasser ist super warm und klar. Überall sind Fischschwärme in den verschiedensten Farben zu sehen.

  • Day18

    Der Tag auf Koh Tao

    Yesterday in Thailand

    Heute an meinem einzigen richtigen Tag auf Koh Tao habe ich bei bestem Wetter eine Schnorcheltour einmal um die Insel gemacht. Der erste Stop war auf Koh Nang Yuan. Drei Inseln die durch einen Strand miteinander verbunden sind. Laut der Locals hier auf diese Art weltweit einzigartig, aber wer weiß ob das stimmt.
    Mit einiger Verspätung, weil wir 6 Leute verloren haben, ging es weiter zur Mango Bay, wo wir eine halbe Stunde schnorcheln konnten. Das Wasser dort war nicht ganz so klar wie am Strand von Koh Nang Yuan. Dadurch dass es auch noch knapp 5m tief war, gab es nicht allzu viel zu sehen.
    Nach der Mango Bay ging es eine Biegung weiter in die nächste Bucht. In der Hing Won Bay war das Wasser sehr klar und neben den ganzen bunten Fische waren auch Riffhaie zu sehen.
    Die nächste Bucht (Aow Leuk Sandy Bay) in der wir schnorcheln waren bestach vor allem durch die wunderschönen Korallen. Geradezu abstrakt wuchsen sie in verschiedensten Farben und Formen auf dem Meeresboden und zwischen ihnen tummelten sich die Fische. Zudem war das Wasser auch glasklar und man konnte sehr weit sehen.
    Letzter Stop der Tour war die Shark Bay. Sie wurde dem Namen leider nicht gerecht. Keinen einzigen Hai habe ich dort beim Schnorcheln zu Gesicht bekommen. Zudem war das Wasser ziemlich trüb.
    Auf dem Rückweg in den Hafen war noch ein wunderschöner Sonnenuntergang über dem Meer zu beobachten.
    Wieder im Hostel angekommen habe ich mir für morgen ein Ticket nach Bangkok gekauft. Als ich die Frau an der Rezeption darauf ansprach, dass ich morgen gerne nach Bangkok möchte, sagte sie nur "wait 15 minutes" und verschwand wieder ins Hinterzimmer um weiter zu kochen. Auf die Minute eine Viertelstunde später kam ein Mann mit einer kleinen Umhängetasche auf einem Roller an, verkaufte mir das Ticket und erklärte alles nötige.
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  • Day13

    Koh Tao Diving

    May 31, 2017 in Thailand

    Arriving to Koh tao after a sleepless night bus and ferry I immediately signed myself up to do the PADI Open Water Diving course which I had been recommended by so many people. Koh Tao is the cheapest place in the world to go this, the island itself having over 100 diving schools. I went with Ban's diving school, the biggest one in the world for diving. The first day consisted of theory and in the afternoon training to use all our equipment in the pool. Despite being quite tricky to get the hang of and taking on a lot of information at one time, it made me extremely excited for the next day when we would do it or at sea. The next morning was our first two dives. I was extremely nervous for the first dive, having only had 4 hours in a pool the day before and now doing it for real. These two dives we only went to depths of around 8 metres and was a way of easing us into things. The coral at the second site, called the Japanese Gardens were stunning and the tome really flies when you're under the water, being so absorbed in what you see. It really is a completely different world, beautiful nevertheless. The third day consisted of two more dives, the last ones before we got our certification. Both of these were amazing, seeing an array of colourful fish as well as coral.
    By midday we all had our certifications and I can certainly see why people get stuck on Koh Tao diving and never want to leave, it truly is an incredible experience.

    After the exhaustion of the 3 days of diving, the afternoon was spent by the diving resort infinity pool and soaking up the last sun of the day. The pool overlooked the jungle like landscape of Koh Tao and was a lovely backdrop. In the evening, the whole diving group, including our instructor enjoyed a dinner together and then went out for a fun evening of drinking, having not been able to do so during the diving process.

    Having loved it so much 2 days later me and two Irish girls from my diving group did a night dive. Our instructor claims it was his first night dive that convinced him he wanted to be an instructor, therefore I thought it was something I had to do. We all headed out at sunset and it was a surreal experience. Being quite daunting not being able to see further than your torch, I still got to witness a sting ray, sleeping turtle and squids. For a period of time we all turned off our torches and then were able to see all the luminous plankton around us, it looked as though we were swimming in glitter, truly magical.

    I feel very lucky I was able to do such an amazing experience and I loved my group, spending a lot of my time outside of diving with them as well, all being very good company. Needless to say it was sad to say goodbye to them as well as my instructor Atip who couldn't have been a better teacher.
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  • Day19

    Koh Tao

    June 6, 2017 in Thailand

    Having had my few days being on my own again, Luisa and Corrie came over to join me in Koh Tao after our break of each other whilst they went to go visit Koh Phi Phi.

    The first two day's were absolutely beautiful, the sky was blue and the beaches looked stunning. After my intense couple of days it was finally nice to enjoy some time relaxing on the beach and topping up the tan.

    However, unfortunately the next few days weren't so great with rain and overcast weather which sadly ruined our plans to go to a famous viewpoint over Koh Tao. We also wanted to visit another beach on the island called Shark Bay to go snorkelling, as apparently the sea life there is amazing. But, despite this we still had a fun time and enjoyed the night life the island had to offer, finishing the evening with a mandatory ham and cheese toastie.

    Through our lack of activities, we resorted to food as per. We discovered THE best burger restaurant called Hungry Hippo and after that meal I was certainly put in to a food coma. It was one of the biggest burgers I have ever eaten, unable to finish it was something for me, seeing as I am usually someone who can demolish anything put in front of her.
    On our last day, Luisa even took the plunge and got herself the tattoo she had wanted which turned out great and looked very good on her. Me and Corrie however only spectated, having heard the sound of the needle I was certain I would never be able to get a tattoo myself.

    So despite not having the best weather, we still occupied ourselves with food, tattoos and shopping. I even treated myself to a new bikini. 8 days later I was finally leaving Koh Tao, an island I had become very fond of and was very sad to leave. However I was extremely excited for Koh Phanghan where the full moon party was awaiting us.
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  • Day26

    Haad Yuan & 360 Bar

    June 13, 2017 in Thailand

    Having done very little exploring of the island due to late nights we decided to stay extra few days and see what the place had to offer and it did not disappoint.

    With Corrie not feeling well, me and Luisa decided to go on an adventure to a small bay around the corner of the main Haad Rin beach, known as Haad Yuan bay. We had the place pretty much to ourselves apart from some others wondering through the beach. It was a stunning location, hidden away from the main beach and a lovely place to spend the day. Having brought a little picnic with us, it was the set up for a relaxing day.

    Having spent most the day there, we made it back in time to watch the sunset at a bar called Three Sixty, which gave you a full 360 degree view (kind of in the name) of the island and islands off the coast of it. It was so beautiful and one of the best sunsets I've on my travels. It was certainly a perfect setting to enjoy a drink and meal.
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  • Day22

    Full Moon build up

    June 9, 2017 in Thailand

    3 days prior to the Full Moon Party we excitedly boarded the ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phanghan with the crowds of others heading over to Koh Phanghan for the same reason. You could sense the excitement in the air, everyone buzzed for the few days ahead. Despite being low season the ferry was still rammed with people.

    We got to our hostel called Dancing Elephant, which is renowned party hostel close to the full moon beach. Our dorm was the biggest I've stayed in yet, sleeping 41 people in just one room. I presumed sleeping was an unlikely acitivity in the next few days. Nevertheless the vibe was very cool and buzzed for event if the month. With the lead up to full moon there are events on each night, the first night we arrived was the waterfall party which was lots of fun and set in the scene of a waterfall. We bumped into friends from home; Alex, Ollie, Tom and Giancomo who we would be with for the next few days. They were an absolute laugh and really good company, making the few days all the more interesting.

    With the late nights or should I say early mornings, not much happened in the day, only having time to recover then start to get ready for the next night ahead. The jungle party was up next, which was so much fun and set in the jungle, hence the name. This was a heaving event, with lots of people and had a very festival vibe. Personally, I preferred this to the actual full moon party because it was less spread out and more confined.

    The big day of the full moon party arrived and the island was buzzing. Everyone was out and about buying their paint and luminous outfits for the night ahead. At 8pm the drinking started, and being happy hour it meant one thing, lots of buckets. The pre's at Dancing Elephant was lots of fun, meeting new people from all over the place getting ready to head to the beach. At 12am it was time to go and hit up the beach. The whole beach was flooded with people with bars all along the beach, it was certainly a sight.
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