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Koh Tao, Thailand

Written on: Tuesday February 14th, 2012

A journal entry from: S.E. Asia 2012


From Sukorn we travelled up and across the Thai peninsula from the Andaman on the west side to the Bay of Thailand on the east side. We spent a week at a luxury resort in Koh Samui. What a change from the small, quiet islands on the Andaman we had become used to. To get to Samui we took a real ferry boat, cars and all. Do they have cars here! Also motorcycles, trucks,minivans etc. The road around the island is jammed constantly. Walking is a hazard as there are no sidewalks and apparently the scooter accident rate is phenomenal. Samui has been discovered and in the worst way with massage spots, bars, dress shops,and concrete resorts lining the road. The beaches, however are beautiful and there are quite a few excellent restaurants. When things got too hectic down below we were able to escape to our resort up on the hill. It was interesting to see how the other 1% lives for a short period of time. After Samui it was on to Koh Tao, a smaller island about 11/2 hours away by boat. Apparently Koh Tao is one of the world's top dive destinations both because it is very cheap to learn to dive here and also because the waters around the island are quite beautiful. As a result Koh Tao is teeming with young, athletic, ready to party  kids. Other travelers must know this as we were among the very people our age. The streets are teeming with motorbikes ridden by first time drivers and many have the wounds to prove it. The bars and the tattoo shops do an amazing business and at the night the beach resounds with the thunder of competing sound systems. Tao is obviously a mecca for the young traveler but not at all our cup of tea. We are getting older and glad of it.



From Wendy F. on Feb 15th, 2012

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. It is great to see the whole package - maps, photos along with your journals. That makes me feel like I am there with you, even though I am not regrettably. Continue to have a fabulous time.

From Gail on Jan 25th, 2014

I hope you are stashing your red sweater away now. Do you remember where you stayed on Samui?