Hiya guys! Now we're back in the UK Harriet and I thought we'd update you all on the last few days of our trip (Full Moon Party n' all!)- so expect to see all of the action on the Real Gap blog over the next week!
After having an amazing time volunteering, we spent our days 11-13 making our way down to the islands. We stopped back off at Bangkok for a couple of days to split up the trip, and then started the next part of our journey. We were both so excited to see a completely different part of Thailand!
We arrived on the island of Koh Tao around 11:30 to be met by a prebooked taxi who took us 10 minutes down the road to start the next big adventure of our trip- diving! we were greeted by a guy called Phil (who runs our fantastic dive programme on the island) who checked us into our accommodation before taking us on a quick tour of the island; it's so beautiful!
After our whirlwind tour we tucked into (our first might I add!) full English breakfast, wow was it good! We were then introduced to a guy called Michael who took us out on the reef to go on a couple of dives. All I can say is that it was absolutely AMAZING, and a great addition to the end of anyone's trip! Koh Tao is only 30 minutes from Koh Phangan too which is where the Thailand Experience finishes- so it's definitely something worth considering doing once you've finished your tour.
We did the introductory dive which took us down 12 metres- and we were given a certificate of recognition which is valid for 1 year in case you wanted to move onto the next level. We then took the opportunity to get on with some serious sunbathing, so we spent the afternoon just chilling out on the boat's deck! We had a few beers at the dive centre before heading back to our rooms to freshen up. Around 8:30pm Harriet and myself were ready to see what Koh Tao had to offer and I was really impressed- it was party central! Lots of nice bars with comfy chill out bean bags, and a bar called Lotus which really came to life around midnight, the music was well good and the fire dancers were amazing! I eventually called it a night at 3:30am, as the next morning we were due to head on to Koh Phangan!