Ok. Apologies for not writing in some time, heres a breif overview of the last however many days:
We finished (and passed) our open water diving course in Koh Tao. Our last two dives were incrudible, we had such a good time messing around under the sea, blowing bubbles and chasing fish. Everyone in our group saw a shark, but we both missed it as we were otherwise occupied with an underwater game of rock paper skizzorz. Zoe won. She has also now managed to convince herself that she did see the shark, just so she can tell people. So if she tells you in a convincing manner that she saw a shark, she is lying. We had another day in Koh Tao exploring the island on hired bycicles. To the locals amusement, we cycled to the top of the island in the midday heat. On the speedy and breezy descent along the dirt road, Zoe spontaneously decided she wanted to 'hang a left', she also decided that there was no need to slow down. She 'flung a left' full body slide style off her bike, also to the locals amusement. After peeling her up off the floor, Sarah informed Zoe that she may need to get some laundry done.
Next we visited Krabi. On our way we got off the songathew taxi too early, then we were deposited by the boatsman onto the wrong beach and when we finally made it to our intended destination, all the accomodation was full. Being the relaxed travellers that we now are, we soon resigned ourselves to spending the night on the beach and went to sit in a bar. Luckily, in the bar we met some nice girls who were moving our of their tent which was pitched in the garden of the bar. So we moved in. That night, to everyones suprise it pissed it down with rain. Ha ha. We spent a day kayacking around Krabi's awesome karst scenery (see picture). We cant explain how good the kayacking was but it really really was gooder than good!!! For those of you who are unaware, Krabi is a climbing mecca, so we broke up our kayacking trip with some 'shallow water slab climbing'. Haha. So that night we both decided to eat a dodgy meal, so we could spend the night running between our tent and the bar's toilets. We couldnt find the light for the toilets, and were aware of the scorpions which had been spotted in there previously so each trip entailed a detour to the lantern. Which was conveniently placed over a nest of giant, evil, pincer-headed ants. In the morning, we had discovered that the ants had eaten chunks out of our shoes. Sarah felt much better when she found that one had its giant pincer head stuck in the foam layer of her sandal and died a horrid, slow death.
With 'holy' shoes, we travelled to the place we find ourselves in now, Koh Lanta. To our excitement, we found that there is also a huge lack of accomodation on this island. The first night was spent in the most expensive accomodation of our whole trip. It came with complimentary cockroaches, mosquitoes and a token frog in the bathroom. After previous experience with 'bathroom cockroach termination' we surrendered and moved home (twice). Turns out we enjoyed diving so much we wanted to do our advanced course. We wandered into a dive shop and they told us about their shipwreck dive and night dive that they were planning in one of the top 10 places to dive in the world. Sold. The dive sites are pretty unforgettable, we saw a turtle, barraccudas, rare frogfish, (big)rays, lionfish, scorpion fish, names mean nothing to you uneducated people. Today we had our 'deep dive', and felt the effects of nitrogen narcosis. It took sarah almost a minute to count backwards from twenty at 30m depth.
Tomorrow is our wreck and night dive, which we are incredibly excited about, despite still feeling the effects of the dodgy food we so cleverly decided to consume.
Then we go home. See you there yeah.