For our last week in Asia we decided to mix it up from the city scene and go on a dream vacation of island hopping in Thailand. The first island we graced with our presence was Koh Tao after a draining 12 hour bus and ferry journey from Bangkok. Koh Tao is the less popular but massively diving orientated island out of the main trio and therefore offers a very peaceful island experience, but still fun filled and potentially actioned packed if you so please.
There are so many view points along the island that are well worth the hike but if you are strapped for time or don’t have the energy then I would definitely recommend Chalok view point as it offers a really beautiful overview of green forestry that overlooks and heightens the endless blue ocean. We were quite lucky to do our morning hike on a relatively cool day when the sun wasn’t beating down on us mercilessly but despite this we were still terribly hot, tired and sweaty during the uphill terrain so remember to pace yourself and bring lots of water.
This beach front strip is where everyone from across the island gathers for evenings of loud music, cheap cocktails and fire dancers. At the Lotus bar they even offer a fun and harmless game of fire limbo with free shots and not burning your face off as a reward for making it under. There is also a more tame scene to be found here during the day with the many chilled beach front restaurants, rope swings and even yoga classes while the sunsets. Overall Sairee Beach is a great place to spend an entire day and there’s a lot going on there to keep you entertained and having the best time.
Restaurants and Coffee Shops
The pier from offers so many cute little wooden shacks with great priced food and drinks and such a lovely atmosphere. Most places even play some good old western acoustic songs that you probably haven’t heard in years and takes you right back. The best part is they nearly all open up at the back onto the beach and there is just nothing quite as great as having a spot of lunch with a light breeze on you and the waves crashing nearby in a soothing rhythm.
If you are feeling a little adventurous or daring and fancy getting a little holiday ink then you really do not need to look far to find a tattoo shop since the entire island is covered in them and there’s nearly always one a stone throw away. The masses of options here has a great advantage as you can shop around for the best looking facilities and prices until you are full content. Getting a tattoo can be a lovely travelling memento of your time spent away and sometimes holds a lot of meaning to what a certain place or trip has come to signify in your life, but tattoos aren’t for everyone and that’s fair enough. If you do want to get one then do take precautions wherever you end up going like making sure new and clean needles are being used and if a place or person gives you a bad feeling about it then just get up and leave, trust your gut.