Pineapple at the beach

Today was a relaxing day to say the least.  Woke up late and had a relaxing day at the beach, it was beautiful.  One of the more stand out moments of the day was an old Thai man came up to me on the beach and was selling whole pineapples cut up for 30 Baht (a whole $1).  As I tend to say to often, Sold! He cut, cored and bagged the whole pineapple in under 3 min and I was left with a plastic bag overflowing with…

On the boat to go Snorkeling

Woke up early, packed up my mask & snorkel and headed out to the local 7/11 (yes that’s right Slurpee 7/11, unfortunately MINUS the Slurpees) to await pickup from the tour company. Before getting picked up I went inside and grabbed what I believe is the greatest discovery on this trip so far, ham and cheese croissants! Seriously these things are delicious and the perfect breakfast! A few minutes later a tuk tuk showed up packed with people. Oh well squeeze myself in and then we are off…

Celebrating  Australia Day

Well the last 2 days were a bit of a blur. Wake up, small breakfast, off to S.C.U.B.A. Class, lunch, more S.C.U.B.A. Classes, drag my worn out butt back to the Hostel, eat, sleep and repeat. Good news, I passed! It was long but it was a lot of fun and I got my re-certification. What can I say, Worth It! Woke up today excited and ready for the fun that will be Australia Day!

View from the Tree-house Bar

After a relaxing day yesterday I decided to head over to one of the dive training schools recommended by the hostel. It has been a few years since I have been certified and a year since I have been on a dive, so I wanted to do a S.C.U.B.A. refresher course. Safety first! After talking to the front desk I found them to be a very professional outfit so I signed up for the 2-day refresher course starting tomorrow.  Awesome, now off to explore the island a bit.

Ko Tao Rain day 2

Every once in awhile life gives you exactly what you need.  Today, was one of those days. After a week of going non-stop I just needed a day of rest and thankfully the weather was in a rare mode to oblige.  The sky had opened up and the downpour was in a word, torrential.   Across the street and down the road a bit was a great coffee shop with free WiFi.  Score!  They sold a bunch of different fresh juices, so I ordered a fresh orange juice and…

Docking in Ko Tao

I hear a few years back after the Full Moon Party, most backpackers got out of Ko Pha Ngan as fast as possible, but a lot of hostels have gotten wise to this and make you book a minimum of 3 days if you are going to be there for the party. Well today is exodus day for many backpackers. Some are heading south to Ko Samui, some back to the main land and some (like me) are heading north to the small island of Ko Tao. Ko…