Buenos dias chica's,
After Koh Phangan we got the ferry over to Koh Tao. This boat journey wasn't too bad, the journey was about an hour long and cost 600 baht (roughly €16). Immediately after we disembarked the haggling began with the taxi men to bring us to our hotel for a reasonable cost. We managedto get him down to 300 baht for a ten minute journey.
We arrived at our hotel ‘Thipwimarn Resort and Spa’ where we spent three nights. This hotel wasn't my favourite I must admit. I had such a love/hate relationship with it. The hotel itself was absolutely stunning and the staff were amazing. I only had a couple of issues, some not the hotels fault really but because it was in the middle of ‘the jungle’ there was about a billion mosquitos and other horrible insects. My mosquito repellent wasn't strong enough and I left the resort with over 30 bites. This was very frustrating to just be having breakfast and to feel them eating on you. My other not so favourite thing was how extremely dark the room was at night. You literally only had two tiny bedside lamps and the torches on your phone. Even then it was difficult to see.
So if you are going to Koh Tao and see this hotel on booking.com, my advice is to AVOID it and pick one that is not in the middle of a jungle and isn’t a hike away from the town.
Now onto the fun parts. We got to our hotel quite late in the day so there wasn't much to do on day one but unpack and explore the hotel and town. We stayed near Sairee and the restaurants and bars in this town were really nice. I did find Koh Tao to be expensive compared to what we had spent so far in Bangkok and Koh Phangan.
Day two; we had a lazy day and chilled by the pool and ate lots of chocolate ice cream, my new favourite treat. The infinity pool in our hotel was so nice with a beautiful view of the ocean. You could lean on the edge all day and just gaze out. After lazing around for the day we decided to be a little productive, so we booked a boat tour for the following day as well as our boat to Koh Samui and hotel for there too.
That evening we went for food in a place called ‘Black Garlic’. The food here was so good, especially the panna cotta. This was followed by some cocktails in the bar and some traditional Thai pancakes for our walk home. These pancakes are so tasty and how they make them is even better. The guy literally was just throwing them around. You won't know what I mean until you see it yourself if you decide to venture to Thailand. It's actually like a show when he is making them. I got the banana and Nutella pancake. The pancakes were my favourite thing about Koh Tao.
Day three; we went on the snorkelling tour around the island. This was really cool because it brought you around the whole island and you got to see so many different things and meet so many cool people. As part of the tour you get to spend about two hours at Nang Yuan island. This island is beyond beautiful with such a nice view point on top. Not going to lie though, getting to the viewpoint is far from glamorous. You have to walk up so many stairs to get to the top and when you get to the top you then have to wait about 15 minutes till you can get to the actual viewpoint as there was a huge queue. Basking in 30 degree heat this is not ideal. Sweat was coming out of every pore on my body. By the time you get to the top everyone is pushing to get their pictures so you had to walk with caution so you didn’t go tumbling down the cliff. Eventually people started to calm down and let everyone have a turn to get a nice picture and see the view. Then it was back to the white sand beach with crystal clear water to cool down.
I really enjoyed this trip because it was fun to see different parts of Koh Tao in half hour segments.
That night we met up with our friends we made on the boat trip for food and drinks. Then back to the hotel to pack for our ferry to Koh Samui in the morning.
Overall, Koh Tao wasn't my favourite island. So many people love it, but I didn't think there was much to do. Maybe we stayed in the wrong part of the island, but I felt everywhere was just trying to rip you off. Nang Yuan beach was so beautiful though and definitely worth a visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to spend any longer in Koh Tao.