Before I learned about the food scene in Chiang Mai, Koh Tao was where I had planned to start my Thailand trip last August. Instead, after I watched an Chiang Mai focused episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, my stomach urged me to change directions and the rest is history.
I decided it was time to check out Koh Tao so Tee met me in Bangkok after I flew in from SFO and we traveled south to the islands together.
|Our resort overlooked Tanote Bay, a beautiful bay where we snorkeled to our hearts content. Tee saw a bat/manta ray feeding in the waters here.|
|Swimming pool overlooking Tanote Bay at Montalay Resort.|
|Shark Bay, while snorkeling here I spotted an octopus!|
|Oh, were you trying to take another selfie? Breakfast on the terrace at Montalay Resort.|
|Ah, the simple life.|
|This must be “Cock of the Rock’s” beachy cousin…is that a rooster fish he caught?|
We loved snorkeling everyday, the swimming pool overlooking the bay, lazily reading on the beach, and I enjoyed some great yoga classes, but Koh Tao wasn’t really our scene.
Right off the bat I realized that Koh Tao didn’t smell like Thailand to me. One friend suggested it was due to a lack of street food and I think she was right. Koh Tao also didn’t feel like Thailand to me and maybe it is because tourists make up the majority of the population on the island, followed by Burmese, then by Thais. Also, we stayed at a resort, something we have never done before in Thailand and I think that added to this disconnected feeling as well. Lastly, after 4 weeks in the states, I was either a little traveled out by the time we arrived in Koh Tao or was going through a bit of culture shock upon reentering Thailand, it is hard for me to separate the two.
All in all, I am glad we finally went and I wouldn’t rule out going again. Maybe next time there will be a little diving involved.
|Goodbye Koh Tao (Turtle Island).|
|Doing a little rail yard yoga between train rides.|
|Our sleeper car from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, a 16 hour ride.|
Two days and many forms of transportation later we rolled into Chiang Mai. As the conductor announced our station I felt a wave of familiarity and excitement roll over me.
It feels good to be home.