Koh Tao. This place has a very special place in my heart.
But I wasn’t always so into Koh Tao. In fact, I couldn’t stand it the first time I was there and I swore never to go back. Ever (yeah, I know – what’s wrong with me?) It was back in 2006, and my friend and I spontaneously decided to go there before heading to Phuket. With no knowledge of the island whatsoever, we arrived at the dock and sought a bungalow near the harbour. Since it was just after the Full moon party, all huts were unavailable. So we were forced to suffice with a tacky bungalow built on poles that swayed back and forth every time we took a step inside.
* A word of advice: Don’t ever get accommodation near a harbour – most often the beach is terrible and so are the huts.
The bungalow was very hot and the only ventilation was supplied by the ceiling fan above the bed. One that was barely hanging by its loose, untrustworthy wires and looked like it would collapse and land on us any time! Frustrated and hoping to catch the sunset and cheer up, we rushed to the beach without our mosquito repellent. By the time we got there, we were brutally attacked by a hungry swarm of mosquitos. Within minutes my arms and legs were so itchy that I had to rub them with sand from the beach not to go insane, which only made it worse. Way worse.
My conclusion? KOH TAO, YOU’RE EVIL!
… and with that note, we fled the island on the first boat the morning after.
My absolute favorite place on Koh Tao is the beach, especially Sairee on the West coast. The water is clear and turquoise and there’s a restaurant nearby that serves the best fried rice with chicken and cashews I’ve ever had. Sitting there on the beach, just looking over the water, watching the sunset later on and daydreaming – that is my paradise. Both in my mind and in real life.
ONE STUNNING SUNSET AFTER THE OTHER
I’ve watched some of the most amazing sunsets in my life on Koh Tao. Imagine sitting on the beach with a cool Singha beer, listening to Jack Johnson in the background, a few people chatting at the restaurant nearby and just feel the peace. That’s how Koh Tao is. I never get tired of this scenery or the chilled-out vibe.
Have you been to Koh Tao? If so, did you like it?
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