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My girlfriend had just returned from two weeks in Australia with her dad and we’d just celebrated New Years on the rooftop in Bangkok the night before. Up at 5am and a quick taxi ride to Khao San Road Lomprayah offices before an 8 hour bus trip to the port of Chumporn and a ferry ride to my favourite island in Thailand – Koh Tao.
Except of course the journey wasn’t quite as comfortable as one would like, being January and the middle of high season unfortunately means that the Sea tends to be less than calm, in fact, its downright rough which results in half the passengers spending their journey throwing up into a black plastic bag.
So, after 8 hours of being crammed in a bus, and two hours of vomiting we reach our destination of Mae Haad, Koh Tao. We grab our bags, unlike the rest of the passengers we’ve packed light and make our way by foot up to Moov for their new years day party and a few beers.
I catch up with DJ Simmo and borrow his bike to ferry Sarah and her dad to our home for the next week, Bar and Guesthouse “The Earth House”. The owner Kerry had been nice enough to give us the spare room over the new years period for only 800 Baht per night.
Our idea was to relax as much as possible (as I had to DJ in support of UK DJ Goldie on the 2nd in Koh Phangan), eat as much as possible and swim as much as possible, and explore as much as possible (strange since I used to live on the island).
Luckily our host not only cooks some of the best food on the island, but also has the biggest range of imported beers and cider in Southern Thailand. Our days were spent drinking craft beer or cool cider, motorbiking the hills to the hidden beaches on the island and eating as much food as possible.
And the craziest thing, I’ve lived on Koh Tao for 4 months last year, and spent a week there this year and still haven’t gone swimming or diving.