There was a bit more fun to be had in PhaNgan before we moved onto a different island as we headed into Hat Rin, home of the Full Moon Party. However with the full moon over two weeks away there wasn't that much going on and the place didn't really look like the modern day Soddom & Gomorrah that we were expecting. The beach was nice although probably not as nice as the one in Haat Yao (although it was cloudy so was difficult to judge). The town was a bit seedy looking and although it was worth seeing for a day, we were glad we didn't stay there.
We did hang around doing very little in Haat Yao, all in all we spent a week there before deciding enough was enough and we were supoosed to be travelling so we packed our bags and headed to Ko Tao.
Ko Tao is famous for its diving and not very fascinatingly, hands out the second most diving certificates in the world - behinds Cairns, Australia since you asked. We weren't planning on diving though but were heading there in preference to Samui because we thought it would be nice beaches and and easy going atmosphere. Unfortunately it wasn't qute what we expected.
For starters it was a lot more expensive than anywhere else we have stayed and lots of places were inexplicably full, given that it is supposed to be out of season. We were spoiled in PhaNgan and a bit annoyed that this didn't match up, but then every place can't get better than the last we suppose. In the end we only stayed two days and actually had a good time. On the second day we went snorkelling in various places around the island, on an organised trip.
This was really good; it took a little bit for Rhiannon to get over the claustrophobia of sticking your head under water and still breathing but once she got the hang of it she was floating around as happy as erm.........Mr Happy from the Mister Men. I'd forgotten how relaxing it was just to float around and swim amongst the fish and coral. All in all a very good day.
That was it really for Ko Tao, not sure we'd recommend it for anyone that wasn't going diving, but we are glad we went.