Sun sea and sand in island paradise
18.08.2008 30 °C
SA WA DI KA everyone! Hello from Ko Tao, island near Panang off East coast of southern Thailand. Quite an everntful journey trying to find the bus in a real Monsoon and a long overnight journey where we were forced to watch 2 hoprrific films - The Kingdom and the Last King of Scotland, great films but not really appropriate late at night and on a coach full of children! We were dropped at a stop in the middle of nowhere at 3:30 am and then collected by a minubus and taken to the port, where we got a boat for a few hours and arrived on the Island in the morning - it was already very hot, but the views of the beahces were breathtaking, perfect turquoise and blue clear waters, as warm as a hot bath, and lots of coconut trees, rising green hills and little huts along the main beach. We are staying at a diving school, Paul is starting his PADI Openwater tonight and I may start in the day after, still enjoying relaxing a bit for the moment, and theres lots of cheap massage and yoga places tempting me! We went snorkelling yeserday and saw amazing beautiful different types of coral, brain coral, ones that looked like autumn leaves, schools of parrot fish, bigger red and black fish, all beautiful colours, lots of urchins and HUGE sea cucumbers! SO beautiful. There are also whale sharks and blacktipped reef shark you xcan see here apparently (NOT dangerous!) The food is cheap and delicious, green curries, pad thai, we have been eating from street vendors where we can see it cooked, very amusing when we have no idea whats been ordered! The fruit too is gorgeous, lots of fresh coconuts, mangoes, bananas, etc.
Oh I forgot Bangkok - we stayed there too days and managed to survive! Very busy, polluted, noisy, but wonderfully colourful, friendly people, gorgeous temples, etc. We stayed in a hostel a little out of the city and there was an amazing weekend market where you could literally have found anything in the world, and very easy to get lost! We visited the temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho, and saw the largest reclining Buddha in the world, at 46 m long and 15m high. We also visisted a laesser known temple, and ended up in the prayer room for 'successful ' people as we were told so that bodes well Driving round Bangkok in a Tuk Tuk is quite an expoereince!
WELL we'll say ciao 4 now and update again soon, love to everyone and hope your Augusts are sweet and sunny
LAA KAWN KHA!
Anna & Paul XXX