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Koh Tao

Goodbyes

sunny 34 °C

So today the tour leaves Koh Tao for Bangkok, arriving at 7 the next morning. There were lots of Goodbyes, Michael and Miela are off to Koh Phangan, The brittish girls are staying o in Koh tao and everyone else is catching the train, oh almost forgot, I'm won't be catching the train, i'm staying here In Koh Tao, I might then take a ferry to Koh Phangan and see that Island. I didn't want to spend the rest of my thailand leauge in Bangkok seeing as i've done everything i want to do there bar some shopping and it's noisy and ugly, so I was planning to get out of bangkok anyway and this way i've only gotta pay for one train ride not two and it's less than NZ$20 for an overnight train ticket. So i'm in the deep-end at the moment, everything is up to me which is a bit scary after all the baby-sitting we got from yao and intrepid.

Ok i'm about to upload more photos, i'll probably only upload the photos I really like at the moment, to get to them I'm not sure of the best way, but I found if you click on the link under the photo in the main page, then click on The Thailand link and then find one of my photos it can take you to my profile and from there you can see my photos only, i'm sure there is a better way but that works.

Missing you all, and GO the AB's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MikeTrev 03:52 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking Comments (1)

Koh Tao

Day two

semi-overcast 33 °C

Hiya all, I had the greatest day today, I went on a snorkeling tour with Kate, Meila, Jyri and Michael and a quite a few strangers. We went around the whole island stopping at all the best snorkeling spots, it was so beautiful. The tiny electric blue fish, schooling around the brown mushrooms of coral. Rainbow fish flying through the water like a Da Vinci flying machine but coloured not in sepia but like the third guy in the Gay Parade; pink, blue, turquoise, purple, orange, carany yellow and flouresent everything. Other fish were a a dark brow with yellow bellies and two ultra violet stripes runiing along each cheek up on to their backs, the contrast was amazing. There were Big and little Zebra fish, some with yellow or blue taints near the dorsal fin while others were pure white and black, they would swim right up to me and look straight into my goggles as if to say, what the hell are you and why are you in my water. There were huge schools of what looked like slivers of mirror swimming with one mind collectively seeking food and avoiding danger, prowling around these schools near the surface were fish that looked as if they'd just eaten one of those huge funny pencils, they were atleast 15cm long and only 3cm diameter at the most. The firston I saw seemed to get a big a fright as I, I was marveling at the school offish when into my vision ploughs this bizzare fish welli almost jumped out of my skin and my reaction clearly startled it, the poor thing was so scared it didn't want to break eye contact, so it swam in circles while i rotated for a while, eventually breaking the eye contact and the fish was happy that I wasn't about to eat him. We hada great time I got a bit sun burnt but it was worth it.

I forgot to mention that on our last night in Koh Samui I had one of the best meals of my life (don't worry mom you're still number one :) ) I order the fried fish in a sweet and sour sauce, it was devine the fish was soft and perfect, the sweet and sour sauce with veg had the perfect balance, and there was a salad bar so I made my self many wonderful salads, Basically by the end of the meal I was completely satisfied, not over full and my tastebuds were singing praises to the cooks, definitely the best meal I've eaten in Thailand and definitely on my top ten meals ever.

ok Take care all,

Mike.
I have uploaded some photos more coming soon.

Posted by MikeTrev 05:42 Archived in Thailand Tagged round_the_world Comments (1)

Koh Tao

Day two

semi-overcast 32 °C

Hiya all, I had the greatest day today, I went on a snorkeling tour with Kate, Meila, Jyri and Michael and a quite a few strangers. We went around the whole island stopping at all the best snorkeling spots, it was so beautiful. The tiny electric blue fish, schooling around the brown mushrooms of coral. Rainbow fish flying through the water like a Da Vinci flying machine but coloured not in sepia but like the third guy in the Gay Parade; pink, blue, turquoise, purple, orange, carany yellow and flouresent everything. Other fish were a a dark brow with yellow bellies and two ultra violet stripes runiing along each cheek up on to their backs, the contrast was amazing. There were Big and little Zebra fish, some with yellow or blue taints near the dorsal fin while others were pure white and black, they would swim right up to me and look straight into my goggles as if to say, what the hell are you and why are you in my water. There were huge schools of what looked like slivers of mirror swimming with one mind collectively seeking food and avoiding danger, prowling around these schools near the surface were fish that looked as if they'd just eaten one of those huge funny pencils, they were atleast 15cm long and only 3cm diameter at the most. The firston I saw seemed to get a big a fright as I, I was marveling at the school offish when into my vision ploughs this bizzare fish welli almost jumped out of my skin and my reaction clearly startled it, the poor thing was so scared it didn't want to break eye contact, so it swam in circles while i rotated for a while, eventually breaking the eye contact and the fish was happy that I wasn't about to eat him. We hada great time I got a bit sun burnt but it was worth it.

I forgot to mention that on our last night in Koh Samui I had one of the best meals of my life (don't worry mom you're still number one :) ) I order the fried fish in a sweet and sour sauce, it was devine the fish was soft and perfect, the sweet and sour sauce with veg had the perfect balance, and there was a salad bar so I made my self many wonderful salads, Basically by the end of the meal I was completely satisfied, not over full and my tastebuds were singing praises to the cooks, definitely the best meal I've eaten in Thailand and definitely on my top ten meals ever.

ok Take care all,

Mike.
I have uploaded some photos more coming soon.

Posted by MikeTrev 05:15 Archived in Thailand Tagged round_the_world Comments (2)

Koh Tao

The little island

sunny 33 °C

Hi guys, we caught two ferries to Koh Tao today, the first to Koh Phanang and then another to Koh tao. Koh Tao is supposed to be the second best diving spot in the world so we'll see I might try my hand at scuba depending on price and my comfort level doing it. In SA I tried a dving with air coming from a compressor, through as hose and couldn't do it, maybe this time it'll be different, I think i can try it for free at our hotel.

Koh Tao is the smallest of the main Islands on the east coast of Thailand's peninsula, it is beautiful covered in vibnrant green trees and has stark grinte boulders protuding into the sea, the sand is a stunning white and the water is hot, it's just lovely. our Resort is stunning, right on the beach with a horizon pool and wooden everything only problem is our rooms are up a bit of a hill, we are staying on the second most populous beach on the island (I think) and we are about 2km from the main town, There are Diving tours everywhere, it's quite funny really. anyway I'll stop blabbering and work on getting some photos up.

Mike

Posted by MikeTrev 03:38 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Koh Samui

Sun, sand and no surf

semi-overcast 30 °C

Hey everybody we arrived on Koh Samui yesterday afternoon, after waiting ages for the bus that was running late. the bus rides were actually quite good, the limestone formations were very beautiful to look at, i would have liked to climb one, they are like big thick pillars sticking out of the earth, covered in forest. haha it pays to be the gentleman, i gave my seat to a lady who'd got on the bus (I couldn't fall asleep because i had an aisle seat) and the conductor got me to go to the back where I got a seat to myself, an open window, less noise and soft bags to lean on hahaha.
Anyway, Koh Samui is lovely, no waves butthe water is clear and warm, our resort is wicked good, pool, good food. the only thing i dislike is the taxi drivers. I even tried wind-surfing today, I was actually doing really well bu the centre board was too narrow an the wind to light for me to get back easily so i got a lift with a speed boat back to the resort. ok I gotta go now, we are leaving for dinner really soon. will post again soon.

Adios bros

Posted by MikeTrev 03:53 Archived in Thailand Tagged round_the_world Comments (1)

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