From Hua HIn we decided to not forgo the train route which would mean we would spend a day in some unknown town on the mainland before hoping on a ferry and we forked out on a tourist bus and ferry for £20. This was worth it though as we saved precious time and had an extra full day on the island.
The bus journey was uneventful as was the ferry although we made some friends on the ferry and decided to all share a taxi to the main town of Sairee. As this bus was a last minute choice we hadn't booked a hostel for the night and were unable to book in advance of our arrival as hostelworld had run out of bookings. We learnt however, that there is always a room somewhere and stayed the night at Lotus Resort where we had a private room with a fan, two swimming pools and beach access for £8 each a night. We spent our first evening having a drink whilst we watched the sunset with our new found friends. In the night we headed down to our resorts bar and bought a couple of buckets whilst we watched a fire show. As someone who prefers not to be so close to fire, I stayed well back but the fire man nearest to us was even lighting people's cigarettes whilst he span fire with his teeth!
The next day we had booked onto a snorkelling trip and headed off around the island to some of the good spots. All the sites were busy with tourists but it was still a good experience and I took enough GoPro footage for a lifetime!
We ended the boat tour at the famous Koh Nang Yuan and hiked up to the viewpoint. We had to wait about an hour in the heat to get to the top as a boat load of tourists had come in and the viewpoint is a collection of rocks with room for no more than 10 people. By the time we made it down it was time to get back on the boat and head back to Koh Tao. Although it was a very touristy experience we had fun and for my first time snorkelling in a tropical location it was pretty special! Even though Becca had warned me and Leonie to apply plenty of sun cream we definitely did not put on enough and I neglected my legs pretty badly. If you have ever burned the back of your legs then you will understand how painful this is. I hobbled around for at least two days.
That evening we indulged in the first Western food of the trip and Pizza has never tasted so good!! We then met up with some friends and headed to the Queens Cabaret where we watched a ladyboy and drag show. Entry was free however you had to buy a drink but we had a great time and loved seeing the show.
The next and final day in Koh Tao we had a chilled one after going non-stop for a week however it turned out to still be pretty jammed packed!
We went for a massage, sunbathed on the beach, shopped and then went to a yoga class in the evening. Rather than rested I still was pretty tired by the end of the day!
This was also my first ever professional massage and it was amazing! The price, coming to just £6 for an hour massage was even more amazing. I wasn't brave enough for the full Thai massage though and only went for the Head, Shoulders and Back.
The next morning we boarded a ferry to Koh Phangan and left Koh Tao. I loved this island and it was my favorite destination of the trip. I would like to return in the future, spend some more time there, maybe do a diving course and hire a moped so I could travel more of the island. I've heard there are some great viewpoints if you head up the mountain but we didn't want to risk mopeds on our first trip to Asia. Might have to give it a go next time though for some amazing views!