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Day 118: Catching our breath…and a tan!

Koh Tao

sunny 41 °C

It was terribly hot in the night, and sleep had been interrupted a couple of times by a shreak or yelp: Sarah was convince there was a rodent in the room. At one point l lifted up the bed to prove there was nothing there, after long days and short nights we were both still tired when we were forced to stir by the relentless sunshine that illuminated the room as soon as it became daylight.

After breakfast we headed for the beach to spend some time relaxing on the sands. The beach is amazing, the sand being very hard, and almost like clay, whilst the sea is warm like bath water and crystal clear. We snoozed and sunbathed. Actually one thought came to mind of how long has it been since we last properly relaxed. It's been weeks. In fact 8 whole weeks of intense exploration, organising, planning, negotiating…the list is endless and we are exhausted. I understand that for people at home we probably sound ungrateful and annoyingly spoilt at this point. Trust me we are not, we are very grateful to be enjoying this amazing opportunity to explore the world and pushing ourselves to get the most possible from our time and budget. It's only in this one moment we realised how long it seems since Sihanoukville and our last time being lazily indulgent. In this tropical paradise we felt grateful for the opportunity to have a “weekend day” and unwind and relax.

After a couple of hours basking in the sun, we had some lunch and hunted for a company to dive with. Koh Tao is the premiere diving destination for Thailand. The gulf of Thailand has crystal clear waters (up to 18m) and a plethora of marine life and corals to explore. There are even whale sharks and turtles which famously line the shore, of which you have to be very lucky to see one. This and the great barrier reef being our main motivation for learning to dive we weren't going to let it be wasted. We looked at three companies within budget and decided on our choice, booking in for two dives tomorrow afternoon.

Being so tired from our travelling we took the opportunity to get and early tea and head home to bed after watching half a film online, we were asleep before 10 pm!

Posted by Jolley-Jarvis 26.04.2012 11:07 Archived in Thailand

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