So 3 nights turned into 4 which turned into a week... we actually ended up staying 10 days in total not including the 2 previously! We didn't want to leave at all after the best 10 days ever but we were running out of time to get to Krabi and do the other islands before oz. I saw a job advertised for a receptionist at a dive school and I was so tempted...
anyway we I will try and peice together the 10 days and tell you the good bits...
So we arrived back on Koh Tao and decided to head back to Sairee Cottages where we had stayed the first time. We turned up and they said it was really busy with divers and to come back after 5 to see if they had anything. We were a bit worried because after the full moon the place gets packed out. But we went for something to eat and went back, lucky for us they had a room! It was basic but half the price of the last room so we didn't care!
We went out for something to eat and headed to this aussie bar called Choppers because they have good live music, that night it was Bazza an Irish bloke, so we watched him before sinking a few buckets and heading to Lotus which is on the beach. Vicky - I met a guy there who literally lives round the corner from you in Ashtead!! The after party was at Cave Bar which is literally like something out of the Flintstones! We met a Swedish couple who were rather annoying and we were gutted when the bloke decided to join us! It was about 5am and Siobhan had passed out on a beanbag on the beach so I got talking to a mormon from Utah! Very random night! We decided to call it a day at 6 and headed home for some much needed sleep.
I'm ashamed to say most of our stay went like this out until 6,7,8 up at 2, breakfast then the beach for 2 hours before heading out again! We managed to fit in some snorkeling so I don't feel too bad!
The next night we went to Choppers AGAIN then to Lotus for a couple but had an early night ( I say early I mean 3am!) but the next day we made it to the beach and snorkeled, it was amazing the amount of fish there are all different colours, to be honest I wouldn't bother with diving because you see just as much snorkeling and it's free!
Started the night off in Choppers again! By this point the manager a bloke called Paul from Romford, started to recognise us he called us the wasters because we weren't diving and each day we went in he would ask us what we had been up to and we would just reply - beach! That night after meeting mostly swedes, and yanks and more Swedes we met some Irish blokes it was good because we could actually understand what they were saying! So we had some banter and a few buckets and went to leave Choppers. Most places you have to take your shoes off and people nick them as I found out last time in Koh Tao. When we left Siobhans were gone so one of the Irish blokes gave her his. He had actually had his stolen in oz, so he had nicked these ones off some poor girl! Anyway Siobhan was sorted with shoes so we went off to Lotus Its massive and over 3 levels, a wooden deck, the dance floor, and the beach. Anyway me and Siobhan got seperated so I decided to wander home, when I got there realised I didn't have the key! So I set up bed on our porch with my sarong that had been on the clothes horse, I must have dropped off because Siobhan had arrived when I got back saying she had spent the last hour on the beach looking for me oops!
The next day we were pretty wrecked so we went for a meal and decided to go home, I was in bed by about 9pm!! Getting some much needed sleep and a night off the booze!
It was Saturday night and Lee Shamrock was playing at Choppers! We didn't know what to expect because we liked Bazza and 'the hoff' so much but we went along to suss him out. It was really chilled when we got there he was playing Bob Dylan and some old folk songs. At first we considered leaving for somewhere more upbeat. But we had a few drinks and the crowd got more lively, after the first hour everyone was dancing on the tables and the stage and everyone took it in turns to play the tambourene alongside Lee! Unlike Baz and 'the hoff' he could play anything put to him, we had everything from Yellow Submarine to Dire Straits (requested by me!) It turned into the best night and by then end after Lee had played his last song the whole bar was doing their own rendition of Hey Jude! we met the Irish blokes again and some guy from Sunderland who claimed to be a geordie (don't worry mum I set him right!) But he did know where Morpeth is so thats a first as most people haven't a clue where Northumberland is!!! We left Choppers, I say left, I mean kicked out the lights always seemed to be off when we went. Anyway my flip flops were gone!! The 3rd pair between us lost to Koh Tao. The only ones that were left were some big old clown ones, so I thought better than nothing and slipped them on! By the time we made it to Lotus it had closed so we called it a night.
I woke up and saw the flipflops I had taken home and was gutted they were minging, Siobhan took pity on me and gave me the ones the Irish had given her as she had others. So I'm currently wearing these flip flops that have been passed round god knows how many people! On the upside they are real Havaiana flipflops not the knock offs you get here! So we went to the beach for a couple of hours as normal. The beach is gorgeous, literally a 2 min walk from our bungalow, so clean and the water is so clear. The only thing is the sea is not refreshing in the slightest its hotter than a bath! There are also lots of stray dogs that try and play in the sea with you ergh! Anyway we went out that night, started in Choppers of course and met some Norwegians but their english wasn't great and obviously we don't speak any Norwegian so the convo was tough! We headed down to Lotus and got talking to a Chef from Devon who was living on Koh Tao, he only gets paid 10,000 baht a month, thats like 200 quid!! So that made me think twice about moving there. The after party was on at AC bar so we headed down there and had a few more drinks, chef Paul in tow introducing us to all the local dogs, we actually met a nice one called mitzy! Anyway we got there and the place was run by lady boys! They are SUCH drama queens because in the toilet there was some kind of confusion - well actually I think they just wanted to start on some one and started shouting at me, asking me why I hated lady boys!! I made a sharp exit and it was about 6am anyway so it was time for bed! On the way home we stopped at the 7/11 for water and bumped into the same ladyboys. I ducked down behind the crisps and then made a run for it, they have the longest fake nails I'd hate to get in a fight with one!!
The next night we went out AGAIN started in Choppers obviously then went on to Lotus. We were pretty shattered so we called it a day about 3 and went home.
We were so tired from the weeks antics we were going to have an early one, then we got chatting to these guys from Brighton and by the time we knew it we were getting escorted out of Choppers, lights off again! We went to Lotus and had a few more drinks when it started getting dark, we were being chucked out of there as well! Just as we were about to leave the biggest tropical storm of my life started, thunder, lightening, and raindrops like waterbombs. There was no way we wanted to go out in that so we made a run for it, the first place we came to was the means urinals!! The ladies was locked, so there we were huddled in these tiny, dirty, smelly mens loos until the rain stopped! The after party was at AC bar again, and Siobhan while innocently sitting on the beach managed to get a fire stick dropped on her, he must have been the worlds clumsiest fire stick juggler ever!! Anyway after that was more rain, so we finally made it home about 8 am, absolutely shattered! We'd had such a laugh that night but we were so tired we literally spent all day in bed laughing and recovering before venturing out at about 3pm for breakfast. That night we just went and watched 'the hoff' then went home, I coudn't even manage an alcoholic drink!!
Seeing as we had an early night we decided to do something productive and hired a moped to explore the island as we had spent that last week at the same beach! Siobhan was scared of driving one so I stepped up and said how hard can it be to drive both of us - major error! I would never ride a bike for the first time with someone on the back so I don't know how I thought a moped would be easy. Anyway the guy showed me the basic controls and sent us on our way, 3 english pounds for 24hours! We got on, with someone on the back the moped weighs a tonne! The guy had said easy on the throttle but because there was two of us I figured we would need more power. So I revved it up and we were away! We shot across the middle of a cross roads THANK GOD nothing was coming because I have sh*t balance we were on the wrong side of the road for a good 5 mins. We literally zig zagged our way the first mile. We must have looked like novices because people were laughing at us, either that or my dress was blowing up and everyone could see my knicks! We were headed to Mango Bay whcih everyone raves about to see how good it was. The lads from Brighton had been but warned us we wouldn't get up the hill on a moped, they had proper bikes and found it hard, they said with two of us on we could forget it! Anyway we thought they were just being over cautious and headed off for Mango Bay. It was so hilly to start and a couple drove past and shouted to us not to go up but we thought what the hell, so we zoomed up this hill full speed until about half way. The poor moped sounded like it was choking it came to a halt so I slammed on the breaks and we hopped off, half way up this hill! We made it back down and decided we would have to give Mango Bay a miss. We headed over to the other side of the island eventhough some woman had said whatever you do don't go east!! So we were going quiet good but it started to get more hilly as we got further up the road. We must have looked so stupid bombing along 2 of us on this tiny little lowest of the range moped because people kept laughing at us, and overtaking us. Anyway this passing bloke shouted don't go up the hill! Again we didn't listen and attempted it, we started off ok slowly climbing the hill, but the moped was full throttle not getting anywhere fast. We were both leaning forward in our seats willing the poor moped to make it to the top. Then I don't really know what happened next, but we must have made it to a flatter bit, but I still had the throttle on full so we shot across the other side of the road, cut up these 4 fit men on bikes who were trying to overtake us and crashed right in the middle of a hedge breaking my flipflops in the process. The guys stopped and inbetween convulsions of laughter asked if we were ok, once I looked down and realised there was no broken bones or blood I burst out laughing. We were both sat there p*ssing ourselves in the middle of this hedge on the moped for ages! Locals were stopping to ask if we were ok and everything. We finally wheeled out the moped from the hedge and check it over, it didn't have a scratch on it! I think the hedge came off worst!! After the initial laughter I felt a bit nervous about driving us back down, so Siobhan walked down the hill while I went down at a snails pace. She got on at the bottom and we finally made it home. I couldn't believe how we made it home alive, it must have been delayed shock because I just collapsed on my bed!
That night still feeling a little shakey we headed out, we finally got it together and booked our ferry to Krabi the next day so it was meant to be a quiet night! First we went to this restaraunt called The Brother where they recognised us too!! And asked if we wanted our normal jug of strawberry daiquiri! Then we went to Choppers one last time and watched Bazza play. The manager said he didn't think we should leave and gave us his business card haha! We went down to this bar at the end of the street and met a guy from Melbourne who told us what to do in Krabi, then went down to Lotus and got chatting to these guys from devon and London, well I thought London, he was actually from Burma but had spent 3 years at uni in London, he sounded just like Del Boy haha! I could not face another bucket and after 10 days of partying called it a night, Siobhan managed to lose her camera, that's 2 cameras, a phone, a lipgloss, and 3 pairs of flip flops lost to Koh Tao but I still love the place! So we actually have no photographic evidence of Thailand at all, other than a few snaps of the full moon party on the disposable, oh well!
So that's it from Koh Tao, next stop is Krabi. So many people overlook Koh Tao, and don't bother unless they are diving, Lonely Planet only has about 1 page on it, but we had the best 10 days out of our entire trip there and would have stayed longer if we had time, so get your selves to Koh Tao!!!!!
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