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Laem Cho Po Ro

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  • Day71

    Ko Tao

    January 6 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Heute ging es zum Tauchen. Zum Frühstück davor gab es natürlich Toasties. Das erste Mal konnte ich nicht tauchen gehen, weil meine Ohren zu sehr weh getan haben. Das zweite Mal ging es dann aber und es war der Hammer! Alles so farbenfroh, ich hab sogar Nemos gesehen. 😍 Als wir wieder zurück an Land waren haben wir den Sonnenuntergang gesehen und der war natürlich mal wieder super schön. Danach ging es wie fast jeden Abend in die Fish Bowl. 🥳Read more

  • Day5

    Endlich Strand

    September 26, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Alle Tränchen sind getrocknet, jetzt heißt es die Sonne und diesen mega geilen Strand genießen! Die Fotos sprechen für sich. Welcome to Sairee Beach. Nur 5 Minuten zu Fuß vom Mae Haad Beach, an dem ich untergebracht bin, entfernt.

    Gegen Nachmittag zogen dunkle Gewitterwolken auf und ich bin zurück zum Hostel gelaufen. Unterwegs gab's noch einen Maracujashake.
    Zurück im Zimmer war ich alleine und bin endlich duschen gewesen. Zur großen Freude - es gibt nur kaltes Wasser aus der Dusche. Zum Glück ist es sehr warm hier, da stört das nicht weiter 😅
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  • Day5

    Strandspaziergang Part 2

    September 26, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Nachdem ich wieder frisch war bin ich erneut zu einem Strandspaziergang gestartet. Dieses mal bin ich in die andere Richtung, also zum Mae Haad Beach, gelaufen. Damit habe ich bereits knapp 1/4 der sehr kleinen Insel abgelaufen :) Die Longtailboote, die im Wasser liegen, sehen so schick aus! Gegen 18.00 Uhr geht hier die Sonne unter. Bis dahin wollte ich mir die Zeit vertreiben.
    Ich war noch kurz im Supermarkt etwas einkaufen und bin danach weiter am Strand entlang gelaufen. Zwischendurch habe ich halt an einem Tattoostudio gemacht. Ich liebäugel ja schon länger mit einem neuen Tattoo und habe mich beraten lassen. Noch sind ja zwei Wochen Zeit ;)
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  • Day13

    The way to Koh Tao Island

    April 18, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Halli hallo nach einem Tag Abwesenheit und Erholung melden wir uns wieder zurück 😋
    Heute morgen klingelte der Wecker nämlich schon um 5:45uhr da wir auf 6:30uhr abgeholt wurden. Dann ging es zuerst mit dem Bus von Krabi 3 Stunden lang nach Surat thani um genauer zu sein ans Donsak Pier von wo unsere Fähre Richtung Koh Tao ablegte!
    Wir hielten als erstes kurz in Koh Samui um ein paar Passagiere loszuwerden und einige dazu zugewinnen .. ebenso das selbe Spiel in Koh phangan 👍
    Nach fast genau 5 Stunden kamen wir dann auch in unserem Ziel Hafen an ✌ Koh Tao 🙈😊
    Rucksack geschnappt und nur wenige hundert Meter entfernt vom Pier war auch schon unsere Tauchschule mit der wir die Tage wieder die Unterwasserwelt bestaunen werden und was zugleich auch unser Schlafplatz ist😉
    Alles nötige an Papierkram ausgefüllt und ein bisschen informiert und danach erstmal Geld wechseln gegangen das wir morgen das Tauchen auch bezahlen können 😬😁
    Dann ein leckeres essen am Nachmittag zu uns genommen .. was wirklich dringend nötig würde da wir den ganzen Tag noch nichts ordentliches gegessen haben außer unsere Wurst Brote die wir uns für auf den Weg/die Fahrt gemacht hatten!
    Dann ein Moment im Zimmer ausgeruht und nochmal ein bisschen die Gegend angeschaut !!
    Kleinigkeit noch zum Abend gegessen.. und
    Jetzt gehts aufs Bett ausruhen und morgen geht das Abenteuer tauchen wieder los 😍
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  • Day14

    Koh Tao - unsere Villa Blue View

    February 20, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Wie sind nun endlich am Ziel unserer Reise angekommen. Hier werden wir nun bis zum Abflug bleiben und die Sonne genießen. Keine Trips mehr, keine Ausflüge, keine anstrengenden Unternehmungen. Einfach Mal das Paradies, Paradies sein lassen. 😊 Warm ist es hier und schöner als wir es uns gedacht haben. Die Bilder aus dem Katalog können wir nun toppen. 😃 Aber schaut Mal selber..Read more

  • Day78

    Koh Tao

    January 13 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Hab probiert auszuschlafen aber im Fanroom war es so höllisch heiß, also bin ich schon um 9 Uhr aufgestanden. In meinem Zimmer sind zwei deutsche Mädels mit denen ich dann in mein Lieblingsrestaurant gegangen bin. Dort haben wir drei Jungs getroffen die ich auf Koh Phangan kennengelernt haben. Danach sind wir ein bisschen rumgelaufen und sind in ein paar Shops. Abends sind wir zur Livemusic an Strand und dann natürlich in die Fish Bowl.Read more

  • Day64

    Day 64: Snorkelling on Koh Tao

    August 18, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Tried to book a snorkelling trip last night and were told at reception since it was no problem to book around 8:30am (the tour we were interested in left the nearby pier at 9:30). Apparently if you book in advance and it's called off due to poor weather, there's no refunds! The land of smiles, ladies and gentlemen.

    Thankfully it was pretty clear weather so we had a 7-11 breakfast in our room (yoghurt tubs and packaged croissants) before booking and awaiting the pickup. The "taxi" was probably the most ridiculous ride we've had so far - 9 of us stuffed in the back of a ute tray with nothing to hang on to! We were the last ones in and there were a couple of points I was fairly sure I was going to fall out, but luckily we survived.

    The tour we booked was for five snorkelling sites around the island, including a 2 hour stop at Koh Nang Yuan just off the coast. The boats, tours and prices are all pretty much the same, so we'd essentially picked one at random while ignoring the one advertising a slide off the back deck (assuming it would attract families with young kids). But we seemed to have made a fairly decent choice; the boat wasn't overloaded or cramped like on Gili T, and the operator was an American who seemed to at least take seriously things like counting the number of people on board after each stop!

    Stop number one for the day was Shark Bay, where they advertise you can see black-tip sharks. But we couldn't snorkel here due to weather conditions (very choppy and a strong current), and apparently it's pretty rare to see sharks there these days anyway. Too many tourists! So on we went to spot number two, which was basically just a small area (maybe a couple of acres) of reef clustered around the large granite boulders that form the island itself.

    Shandos and I were first ones off the boat (we just jumped off the side), though I was a bit disconcerted by the sudden depth - probably 40 metres or so! And I couldn't quite get my mask right, the strap was much tighter on one side than the other which stops it from sealing properly. This would be an ongoing issue for the rest of the day, despite my best efforts. The snorkelling spot itself was quite good, though the water was still a little rough which hampered visibility. Plenty of coral on display and lots of tropical reef fish too, though it's hard to not notice the dead coral too.

    After about 45 minutes we got back in the boat and puttered off to our next snorkelling spot (we were slowly circumnavigating the island, counter-clockwise). Next stop was in a very sheltered bay and had great protection from the outside currents. The reef here was larger and in better condition, and the visibility was much better too. Beautiful coral and loads of tropical fish swimming around. Even saw one huge grouper looking fish that was close to two feet long!

    Back to the boat again, and off north we went into another sheltered cove called Mango Bay. Again great snorkelling here; a bit shallower but still well protected and with great views. Once we got back on board we had lunch, some rice and egg dish a minced chicken and basil mixture. Surprisingly decent for pre-packaged food!

    After lunch we hit up the fourth spot on the northern coastline. Not much to distinguish this place other than we both enjoyed it albeit similar to the others. My arms were getting a little tired at this point since I didn't have flippers to wear, so I went back to the boat a bit earlier and contented myself with jumping off the side into the water - even once from the roof of the upper deck! That was a long way down.

    Last stop was at Nang Yuan island, a sort of curvy three-pointed star shape island of granite boulders at each point, sandy isthmuses in between each and a fancy resort on one edge. Plus with three different bays for snorkelling. Shandos went for a hike up to the highest peak, while I sat on the beach and had another snorkel. Though the bay I chose wasn't that great - there was an enormous boatload of Chinese tourists who'd arrived on a day-trip from Koh Samui, and watching people stomp around knee-deep coral waters in reef shoes and a life jacket is simultaneously amusing and depressing.

    I retreated to the beach and relaxed for a bit on a deckchair, before being informed that "these aren't free, must pay 150 baht for two". Thai hospitality strikes again. 150 baht is about $6 AUD, which isn't that much but just seems like a hilarious ripoff when you're only there for an hour. And you've already paid 100 baht per person "marine conservation fee".

    Shandos returned and went for a snorkel in a different bay, and eventually I went and joined her. We went to different sides and when we eventually met up again it was only 25 minutes before we had to back for the boat. But she'd found a turtle, and I had the GoPro! So back into the water we went, and surprisingly managed to find the turtle fairly easily. Got some good footage before hurrying back to the pier, where we were the last ones on the boat. Whoops! Only a few minutes late though!

    When we arrived back on the main island Shandos decided to walk back to our hotel because it was only a few hundred metres away. I opted for the ute ride, and after three conflicting sets of instructions from the same person, ended up getting driven to the wrong resort. And of course I had to wait for them to drop off the furthest people away before they could go to my resort on the way back. So it was probably 25 minutes to travel a few hundred metres. And I banged my head getting out of the ute, so a crappy-ish end to the day.

    As we were both tired and sunburnt, we didn't manage to go any further than our hotel's restaurant for dinner, though we sat on a balcony watching the sun set, and the food was very good! On balance, a very good day, and we were really happy with the trip. Last day here and on the Thai islands tomorrow - the day after that will be spent in transit with a ferry to the mainland and then an 8 hour bus ride up the peninsula to Bangkok. Can't wait for that!
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  • Day63

    Day 63: Across to Koh Tao

    August 17, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Time to move on! Although we hadn't explored any of Koh Phang An beyond a kilometre or so either side of our hotel, neither of us were that concerned by the fact. And it was time we moved again, this time to the diving and snorkelling paradise of Koh Tao. Checkout was at 11am and our taxi to the ferry was at midday, so we spent the morning having a lazy breakfast and relaxing in the hammock.

    At about this point Shandos realised we didn't have a receipt for the ferry tickets we'd bought online a few days earlier, nor was there a corresponding charge on the credit cards we used. So it looked like the payment hadn't gone through for whatever reason. Fingers crossed we could still buy a ticket!

    The morning passed and at 12pm we jumped in the "taxi" (read: covered ute tray) and bounced the 15 minute drive back to the dock. A little confused conversation later and it was confirmed that there was no record of our booking, so we ended up paying in cash. Not a huge drama, especially since there's no charge on the card, but it's aggravating because getting cash out of an ATM costs 200 baht or $8 which is absolutely outrageous. We've been carrying more cash than usual to get around it, but paying 1000 baht in cash blew a big hole in our reserves. At least there's plenty of rip-off ATMs around.

    1pm came and went and no sign of the boat, which eventually turned up at about 1:30. Long wait for everyone to get off and then the new load of passengers to get on. It's the same company and probably the same boat that we got to Koh Phang-An, a large 400-ish seater catamaran, so loading and unloading takes quite a while. It was very hot and sunny today (same as the past few days), so we opted for an indoor seat this time. Waiting at the dock in the blazing sun and surrounded by concrete wasn't very pleasant!

    The ferry finally left at about 1:45 or 45-ish minutes late, and took an hour to arrive at Koh Tao. Not much to report from the journey, the seas felt relatively calm and we passed the time in the usual way (listening to music/podcasts and reading).

    Koh Tao is the smallest and by far the least developed island in the Gulf of Thailand. Apparently it was used to house political prisoners until the 1970s when Thailand started to become known on the hippy trail. Our room here is a bit more developed than the previous one - we have a TV, safe and air conditioner, but since Koh Tao is so small they don't have electricity in daylight hours every second day. And of course today was a no-power day. So no pausing under the fan/AC, and of course no wifi for checking in!

    So what to do? We went to the beach. Our hotel has a small sandy beach just below the pool area which was being used for a scuba diving class. It was much nicer than the beach at our previous resort - no rocks or seaweed, just sand and very clear water (although a much smaller area). We soon retreated to the pool and I watched the diving class with interest; since leaving Australia I've gotten more and more into the idea of diving, but sadly having epilepsy means that it's a no go for me.

    Around 5pm we decided to explore a bit. The "main road" adjacent to the beach is just a four-person-wide footpath where of course motorbikes fly up and down dodging pedestrians. We wandered for a little while but didn't make it past the second bar we encountered. Happy hour mojitos and cheap beers were the order of the day, and a huge cheer at 5:30pm signalled the return of electricity. Suddenly the fairy lights were on, the DJ was blasting out tunes, the wifi was working, the sun was setting and all was right with the world.

    Absolutely no cloud on the horizon this time for the first clear sunset we could remember, and the sky lit up with glorious colours which soon faded away. Again we stayed longer than was absolutely necessary, but the cheap drinks weren't going to drink themselves! We left around 8pm and walked further along the boardwalk but neither of us were particularly in the mood, so back to our room we went where the wifi and the air con were both cranked up.

    Early to bed as I think we'll be doing a full day snorkelling tour tomorrow!
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  • Day65

    Day 65: Doing nothing on Koh Tao

    August 19, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Very much a nothing day today. We were both still tired and sunburned from our day of snorkelling yesterday, so planned to do nothing. Had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant which was again really good, then Shandos went for a brief walk while I stretched out on a sunlounger around the pool, reading and listening to podcasts.

    The weather wasn't great today, it was overcast with big rain squalls off the coast, and eventually one drifted overhead and dumped a huge amount of rain on the island. So I retreated to the restaurant/bar area, while Shandos apparently hid in a shop.

    Once the rain passed we walked the five minutes into town looking for some lunch. We ended up at a Mexican restaurant slash hotel called Taco Shack, where we both of course had burritos. Thankfully we sat inside, as there was another huge downpour while we were eating!

    Since the island is so small there's hardly anything in town other than dive shops and hostels, so we wandered back to our hotel where Shandos went for a snooze while I continued reading. The power came back on around 3pm (today was a "no power during daylight" day), so an hour or so later I headed back to sit in the air conditioning! We stayed reading and dozing until evening, when we went for a cheap dinner at a small Thai restaurant back along the beach (a bit further beyond where we'd had drinks the other night).

    Back to the hotel around 9pm, but I was hit with a strange bout of insomnia - after putting my phone away at 11pm, I didn't manage to fall asleep until nearly 4am!! Going to be a long day tomorrow.
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  • Day36

    Ein guter Start auf Koh Tao

    May 6, 2018 in Thailand

    Heute wollten wir uns eine überzeugende Tauchschule auf der Insel suchen, da wir schon ganz wild auf unseren Tauchschein sind. Deswegen ging es zunächst zu Ocean Republic, einer Tauchschule direkt am Hauptpier, die einen besonderen Fokus auf Nachhaltigkeit legt. Eigentlich kannten wir schon das Angebot der meisten Veranstalter hier, aber da uns das Zwischenmenschliche für diesen Kurs besonders wichtig ist, wollten wir uns einfach jeweils vor Ort ein Bild machen.
    Anschließend trauten wir uns ans Motorcycle. Dazu gingen wir zu einem uns empfohlenen Verleih, wo wir einen Crash-Kurs erhielten. Die Premiere verlief jedenfalls super und nun sind wir nicht mehr auf den kümmerlichen Radius unserer Füße beschränkt! Motorcycle fahren macht auf jeden Fall sehr viel Spaß und das Maß an Mobilität ist großartig, ganz besonders hier in Thailand wo Bordsteine eher Dekoration sind. 😁
    Die erste Fahrt ging direkt in einen nördlich gelegenen Ort, wo wir uns die Tauchschule New Way anschauten. Dann fuhren wir nach Süden und Osten der Insel über Hügel und Senken nach Aow Leuk, einer traumhaften kleinen Bucht. Die ersten Schnorchelversuche dort haben uns schon mal sehr gut gefallen! 🐠🐡 Wir haben unglaublich viele Arten bewundert, während wir über ein kleines Riff trieben. We are hooked!! Am Ende des Tages entschieden wir uns dann für die erste Tauchschule und eine neue Unterkunft direkt am Meer, die wir morgen beziehen.
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