Island Hopping in the Archipelago

Ah, the islands! Beautiful warm turquoise waters, palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, mountainous terrain, hot lazy days & comfortable warm evenings, what more couimageld we ask for

Saturday, January 24 – We finally arrived at the first of 3 islands, Koh Tao, in the Gulf of Thailand following a night train from Bangkok to Chumphon (9-hours), a bus ride (1-hour) to Waiting for the ferry at 6amarrive very early in morning for the ferry to Koh Tao (another 1-1/2 hours). The English translation for Koh Tao is ‘Turtle Island’ as it apparently resembles a turtle & is a breeding ground for turtles. The island was also used as a penal colony in the early 1930s for political prisoners.

Relaxation was welcomed after the past 2-weeks on the move & we entertained ourselves by walking, hunkering down with our novels & snorkelling. It was a bit unnerving initially swimming with the numerous sharks, but we didn’t bother them & they ignored us. The coral & marine life was stunning with a kaleidoscope of colours & we finally hung up our fins late afternoon after enjoying the underwater world for several hours.

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imageMonday, January 27 – On the move again, we headed to Koh Pha Ngan, about a 1-hour ferry ride away. Koh Pha Ngan derives from the word “ngan”, meaning “sand bar” for the many sand bars offshore.This island is known for its infamous full-moon party every month, & for you movie buffs, it was the location for the movie ‘The Beach’ starring a young Leonardo DeCaprio.

The island is also known for its coconut farms. It was fascinating to watch monkeys scramble up trees, freeing the coconuts to drop to the ground where they were gathered & loaded into a truck by the workers. We also saw women at a coconut processing plant (with mounds of coconuts) manually removing the hard outer shell on a razor-sharp spear to reveal the hairy core – such hard work for no doubt menial wage.

We were tempted to rent scooters, but decided to err on the safe side; walking & biking are more to our style & apparently much safer since we saw several bandaged limbs in our travels.

Friday, January 30 – Koh Samui, the largest of the 3 islands  & a 45-minute boat ride from Koh Pha Ngan was our destination today. It is much more touristy & offers much of the same as the other islands. The beach is by far the nicest thus far with soft, white sand stretching about 7-km long. Our plan is to stay 4-nights before moving on.

Author: Theresa & Bob

We love to wander, aimlessly at times it seems, and will keep moving as far and as long as we can. Serendipity has provided many wonders along the way, when least expected, and we love the anticipation of the 'next great find' just around the corner.

3 thoughts on “Island Hopping in the Archipelago”

  1. Looks awesome! Would love to be on that beach today, it’s very cold here in Welland today, but on the up side the sun is shinning! Sounds as if you are having a wonderful time. Brave to swim with the Sharks….. Be safe my friends and keep posting!!!!!

  2. The beaches look beautiful and not very crowded! Hope you are having lots of fun! Looks like a wonderful way to spend the winter!

  3. Yeah, have to agree that it’s not too shabby a way to escape the cold & snow 😎. Thanks everyone for all your comments, we love hearing from you too!

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