Coming Back To Koh Tao
You should know by now that Oli and I absolutely J'adore Koh Tao. If you are a new reader and you didn't know that before, you do now. So I make NO apologies for the excess of posts that will ensue forthwith.
I recently opened up and shared my freaky boat phobia with you all and to get to Koh Tao, a boat is a necessity. Last time we were here it was pretty flippin' choppy and I am not ashamed to say that I freaked out big time so you would probably imagine that I wouldn't relish the thought of stepping on that Lomprayah ferry again..... but guess what? I couldn't wait.
We really enjoyed our time on Bali (Nusa Lembongan not so much!) but as our final days on the island drew to a close, we both started to become insanely excited for the next chapter. You may or may not know that our initial plan was to come straight back to Koh Tao so Oli could do his Dive Instructor training with Roctopus but we made the decision to cut our trip short so I could take up an amazing opportunity at Lonely Planet. This was definitely the right decision to make and we aren't resting on our laurels and have various opportunities in Europe when we get back in March (TBEX Costa Brava as well as a blogger trip to Crete where we'll reunite with the awesome Maria) however after that.......we just don't know.
I digress. Back to Koh Tao. After an epic multi faceted trip over to Chumphon (2 flights, 2 trains and a bus) we hopped on the Lomprayah to Koh Tao and I promptly fell asleep (I had manages approx 3 in the previous 24 hours). When we arrived, we head straight for Oli's (not my Oli) to grab a scooter and head straight for our pre booked accommodation; Secret Garden.
Did we hit our bed and crash out? Did we fook. We dumped our stuff, changed and jumped straight back on the bike with our snorkels in hand, Ao Leuk bound.
I don't know what it is about this island, but we bot seem to have a weird connection with it. Cringe away at this next statement (seriously, go ahead) -- it just feels like home.
And hopefully, some day soon it will be. At least for a little while.
We've been attacking all our favourite Koh Tao activities; eating, snorkelling and just general activity based stuff. If you think this place is just for divers, you are soooooo wrong. There is SO much to do here there isn't enough time in the year to do it all. Which is partly why we came back and why we will continue to come back, hopefully with family and friends in tow at some point in the future too.
Oh yeah, and it's where Oli asked me to marry him......and where I said yes.
Where in the world do you call home besides your actual home?