We hired bikes today which was a good way to get around as you feel like you see more and can get to know the place better. En route to the train station we stopped at a café for coffee and fruit mixed with muesli and yoghurt (pineapple, mango, melon, banana, and dragon fruit). They only had seats for the overnight train to Bangkok so we went to the bus station- our first reservation for long distance travel without using a travel agent!
We tried to find the government tourist office, but gave up and used a private one to find out about meditation courses but he was actually very helpful and didn't try and sell us anything.
We had falafel and pittas for lunch- very healthy day!
We also tried to find the tribal museum, but it was 2km out of town, and to reach it you had to go on a road that didn't look bike-friendly.
The Art and Cultural centre was closed for New Year so we went back to the place we had lunch for smoothies to look at accommodation for Koh Tao. When my laptop battery cut out, we went back to the guest house, but there wasn't any 3-pin sockets near the Wi-Fi which was annoying.
We dropped off the bikes and then shared 3 plates of the Pad Thai we had last night (they were very small). I livened up the plate of beansprouts with some chilli vinegar but it made them quite spicy!
We kick-started our New Year's Eve by having a few drinks in the Rubix Bar- it had a wall covered in chalk drawings and it was quite interesting to see a local bar as opposed to one aimed at tourists.
We walked through the square where the New Year's Eve market was, and everyone was setting off lanterns. It was very pretty to see a sky so full of them!
We went to a bar with a band playing reggae covers.