Since my last diary post, you may have seen if you follow on Instagram, I’ve been back in Thailand. Two nights in Bangkok at my fave party hostel was more than enough haha. I was however reunited with my mango fruit stall, iced coffees, Khao San Road and a new pub crawl T-shirt to add to my collection. Next stop was Koh Tao – I took the overnight bus to Chumphon and then (after hanging out at the ferry terminal until just after sunrise), a 2 hour ferry to Koh Tao. I don’t think I slept more than one hour during the whole trip so I was very grateful when my hostel, Black Wood made up my bed for me 15 mins after I arrived!
The next few days consisted of beach life, a jungle reggae party, hanging out with a huge group of swedes and Canadians, doing a discovery dive (to see if I liked it– see picture), and trekking around the island to other beaches and view points. Koh Tao is really mountainous so most walks to places are up and downhill. Worth it for the views though, check out this one from John-Suwan Viewpoint.
Met up with fellow solo travel blogger Laura, after we met via instagram. So great to hang out together and share our travel highs and lows. You can check her blog out here and follow on her on Instagram too!
On Monday I started my Open Water Diving course, which upon completion will allow me to dive upto 18m with a buddy. First up was the theory, learning about the science behind diving, considerations, using the equipment, nitrogen and oxygen consumption and pressure. I’ve actually loved learning and using my brain to learn stuff haha, been a while!
After completing all the skills and theory I’m having a break for a few days as I was struggling with the pressure in my head when I went down. Seems my sinuses are blocked, so I’ve headed to to Koh Pha-ngan for a change of scene and then I’m going to re-try my dive skills on Tuesday 🤞🏼.
Koh Tao has been a really chilled week or so, with exploring, new friends and exciting learning. I’ve been staying at Black Wood hostel which has been super fun, great groups of people, not far from the pier and loads of handy shops and dive schools. The vibe there is verrrry chilled, big hang out area, great staff and a good size – not too big so you get to know basically everyone at the hostel! Nearby is Bam Bam – cheap(ish) Thai food, Coconut Monkey – vegetarian options a plenty and my favourite butte shop ever, DA’s just at the pier.
Sunsets here are epic, this one in particular the other evening. I’ve not edited this picture at all, it was so pink but the snap really doesn’t do the colours justice at all.
Been a nice couple of weeks staying in the same area and getting to know people at the hostel. Really enjoyed learning to dive but was so disappointed the other evening after my failed attempt to get further than 3m down. So, I did some self care – spoke to our Rach, had a nice meal all alone (which I actually love these days) and put myself to bed at 9.30pm. Slept for 10 hours and woke up feeling much better. Gotta listen to your head, and look after yourself, even and especially when you’re away.
Reading: Got totally hooked by “The Couple Next Door”, by Shari Lampena – a gripping thriller about a missing baby, with plenty of plot twists.
Listening: Sticky Fingers, an Australian band recently introduced to me and I’m loving them. Fave song at the moment is called Angel – definitely have a listen.
Watching: the Fyre Festival Documentary is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever watched. I’d heard people raving about it and it did not disappoint. Been debating watching it for a second time, the whole story of it just doesn’t seem real. Gutted for all those people who lost so much money, I really can’t believe how far it went!
How has your weeks been? Hope everyone is well! Any reading / watching / listening recommendations?