Thursday, 26 September 2013

Bangkok redux & Thai-islands

Given our bus outta town was cancelled Cat and I decided to head to some sun, sand and scuba diving on the lovely island of Koh Tao.

After a hectic Saturday night out in Bangkok where we hit up the VW bars of Soi 11, Soi Cowboy for go go bars and then Insanity night club, we had a day to recover before heading out on the overnight bus.

The first bar we tried - under water!

Dinner at the infamous Cabbages & Condoms

Soi 11 - drinking in the street Thai style!

Soi cowboy!

Having done about half an hours research we turn up at the bus with just an unconfirmed email booking at a dive centre. Luckily we met Scot who was also heading to the island on the overnight bus and ferry and also happened to be heading to Buddha View Dive centre. Grabbing a pick up taxi to the other side of the island from the boat pier we headed to a lovely little bay with a beach and gorgeous views.

Our room set us back about £4 a night each - bargain! It left more for the diving (me) and massages (Cat).

The diving was fun - 2 dives in the afternoon in 30 degree water! And then that evening we hit up the acoustic night at Buddha bar, followed by Bar Next Door, and then off to the Castle Party - a night club that throws Ibiza style parties a couple of time a month - luckily while we were on the island!

Out local bar

The next afternoon when we woke up (yep!) it was brunch before I headed for my first night dive in fairly large swells.

The dive was great - the rough water not so much though - I christened the boat with my brunch :s

The next day I met up with Charlie & Stephen from my Myanmar tour and we had a night out - drinks at sunset on Sairee beach, followed by Indian, the lady boy cabaret show and then dancing and cartwheeling at lotus bar whilst watching the fire performers.

Sunset on Sairee beach

Fire rope skipping over a bucket of gin & tonic....

It seemed a it of a let down to have to head back to Bangkok the following day :(

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