Happy valentines day. Now we've done the formalities, heres about our trip.
We enjoyed our couple of days in Bangkok, it was relaxing returning to a place we had been to before. We stayed in the same great place as last time, where they provide a menu for the restraunt downstairs, in your room. Incredibly useful. We 'shopped untill we dropped' (almost) on Khao San Road, filling our small daybags with fake boardshorts, ralph lauren polo shirts, leaking 'dry-bags' and bikinis which we now realize are childrens size.
The train from Bangkok down to the south was epic, as the train was so booked up we couldnt have a bed, which meant we also couldnt have sleep. Consequently, the early morning boat ride to this here island made us feel like we had a huge hangover, though the previous night had not involved any alcohmohol.
The sight of the island cured our phantom hangover, white sandy beaches, palm trees etc etc etc. Koh Tao is an island renowned for learning to dive, so we thought we'd give it a go. We discovered a well organized dive company, and began our first theory lesson that afternoon. It was just like being back at school, apart from the view of the sea, palm trees and hillside wasnt quite the same as the astro turf.
We've spent the past two days in the classroom in the morning, and under the sea in the afternoon. We are really enjoying the course, learning about diving and meeting new people. We are both getting on with diving well so far, every day Zoe gets a bit closer to remembering to turn her air on before throwing herself off the boat. Today we did our first proper dive to 12m, and practiced some skills on the sea bed. We both got over-excited about all the cool fish and consumed lots of valuable air. Well wouldnt you - today we saw a stingray with big blue spots, Angel fish, trigger fish, a type of eel beginning with 'h', a big fish beginning with a 'b' and 2 nemo fish. What makes it extra-exciting is that due to all the refraction, everything appears to be 33% bigger under the water. The final day of the course is tomorrow, where we will be doing our two big dives. We have been told there is a possiblity of seeing a shark, even though we are in the low season for sharks at the moment. We would also like to swim with a turtle, as there are a few of them around here too.
We're having an awesome time on Koh Tao and have a few more days left before we hit the climbing hub of Krabi. (Where we plan to kayack). We are also looking forward to seeing you all and catching up when we get back.
Harding and Crowsley. xxx
P.S That photo in the picture does actually look like the view from our classroom. Unlinke the pictures on the other journals which are quite frequently of the wrong countries.