I curled up and fell asleep neglecting the bumpy speedboat ride to Koh Tao otherwise known as the Turtle Island, the island located near the western gulf of Thailand. I jolted when a friend tapped me at the back, looking at the tour guide instructing me to wear my life vest and to sit straight. I immediately resume from slouching like being commanded by an Air Marshal. I wasn’t sure why I felt like dozing off when I already sipped a cup of coffee before sailing. We were half way to Koh Nang Yuan. The speed boat ride was rather irritating because of the people at the back always complaining about changing life vest, selecting snorkeling apparatus et al.
We safely docked at Koh Nang Yuan. We were given 4 hours to explore the island but the first thing we did was to sit there while everybody snorkels. I forgot to tell my friends who instantly laze on the deckchair will cost a few bahts just like the one’s I experience in Pattaya. I can say the beach is a little bit crowded compare to Krabi. Perhaps because it is just a small island that you can easily spot where the people are. Koh Nang Yuan is a private beach resort and our entrance fees were waived because we took the day tour for Koh Tao. The beach is clean prolly because plastic bottles are not allowed inside the Island. One thing I love about Koh Nang Yuan is that it is composed of three mini Islands connected by a sand Bank. It’s a place where post-card dreams are made, minus the crowd.
We took advantage of the buffet lunch which is included in the 1300 Baht Koh Tao Day Tour Package. The lunch is nothing compare to the street foods in bangkok. I’d rather prefer sticky rice and Moo Ping in an unknown kiosk. Laying on the narrow strip of sand was our favorite but not until we’ve seen the lookout. Unhurriedly we paced to the viewpoint, it took us 20 minutes to reached the top. It’s an easy walk but when we got to the top, my knees weakening and shaking. I used to have this uncanny fear of being exposed to heights. I felt like losing my senses but that strange feeling suddenly dissipates the moment I laid my eyes on the view. That post-card lookout! Felt like we’re on top of the world! I noticed only few people climbed, i wasn’t quite sure what they’re up to but the look out is to die for.
Moreover, we did a lot of snorkeling in Koh Tao realizing we didn’t have the chance to explore the sea when we went to Ang Thong National Park. The colourful wonders of the sea – angelfish, anemones and whatnot were enough to satisfy me. After all the last wonderful snorkeling I had was in Coron and balicasag Island. Snorkeling in Tanote Bay and Mango Bay in the turtle Island made it to my-favorite-snorkeling list.
The ride back to Samui was boring. It was late in the afternoon when we reached Samui. Instead of going back to our hotel, we hitch a ride to Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) in Koh Samui. There is so much to do in Koh Tao and one day is not enough. Surely will be back in Koh Tao if time permits. I fell in love with Koh Tao for one day and I hope it will not be my last visit.
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