It all comes to an end today, our paradise island that we will soon drift away from.. We have a night ferry that leaves Koh Tao at 10pm tonight. The last few days have been slightly more eventful than the rest of our relaxing stay at Moondance. I was starting to die of boredom... That's where it started, I had said that ten days in a remote place with the same food, same people, same activities, would get too much for me.. Therefore, after one whole week of nothing much, I decided that we had to go explore some more of the island we had been on for so long!
There were four ways to do this, boat- expensive, taxi- mega expensive, kayak- a bit too much like hard work and the choice we finally made was one which we had previously discarded, motorbike. We asked around about the roads, and spoke to one German diver who worked at the dive shop near our place and he said they are fine if careful. So, we went for it.
The dirt roads weren't great admittedly, but all in all not bad, a bit steep here and a bit wobbly there but good fun, and the best way to get around... Much better than the 4x4 taxis, with no seatbelt a, or roof cage at the back.. We were able to explore Mae had, sairee beach, hinwong bay and mango bay for only 250baht total.. We had the 125cc bike for 24 hours and including gas, that isn't a bad price to share.. We did at one point, back from mango bay, get very stuck on what seemed to be a 70degree incline but with both of us pushing and the engine roaring and smelling a bit odd we got clear and headed to hinwong bay (one of our original choices). It was very beautiful. Clear and still water in this beachless bay, a few small fishing boats perched seamlessly on the clear blue Andaman sea. We stayed for lunch at hinwong bungalows, had some squid and shrimp, and headed off after a quick swim and our food had settled. We whizzed through Mae had to pick up some fresh fruit and then came straight back to ours just as the sun was setting, what a lovely day, we had planned to go back to hinwong bay the following morning in order to do some snorkelling there as it looked very good.. We woke up relatively early and headed off again, snorkelling was lovely, many fish, and lots of nice lively coral. Then breakfast we had a mango shake and chicken noodle soup along with a banana chocolate pancake. Just perfect. We had the scooter back for 12 with the petrol tank still half full, even after the many km we had travelled.. We decided to spend our last day and a half chilling out at our bungalow and to have a feast on the last night.. And a feast was had... We started off the evening by watching the sun set over the sound of waves washing up on the sand, with a cocktail in hand. For our final dinner here we had - two spring rolls, a shrimp tempura, a plain fried rice and a fried cashewnut and vegetable dish. We were stuffed!!! We woke up this morning realising it was our last day, and lazily got up, had some banana shakes (made from our own fruit) yum, a fried rice cashewnut chicken and then waited around for the taxi to take us into town.. And now here we are.. Back at the start, sitting in hippie house enjoying some free wifi, after a traditional egg on rice dish and a cold drink.. Next stop Bangkok, and hopefully I can get in contact with my friend before then!!!