For some reason my last post, “Island Adventures and Hidden Lagoons” struggled when it went live. I’m not quite sure what happened, but if you didn’t get a chance to read about our adventure to Ang Thong National Marine Park head over and take a look.
Now on to your regularly scheduled Bucket List update:
When I added “travel to a remote island” to my bucket list early last year, I thought about what makes a “remote island” remote. The world is flat (according to Friedman) and is shrinking with each passing day, and realistically, depending on your location in the world, that remote island may not be so remote after all.
So, after considering different aspects of the word “remote,” I decided that a remote island this time around was somewhere far away from “home” to us; and in order to make it feel even more remote, I added an additional challenge in that the remote island could not have an airport. Flying into a location is easy, and I wanted something a little more challenging.
Who wants to play a drinking game with the word “remote.” 😉 That’s ten so far… Bottoms Up!
Koh Tao first peaked my interest when I began reading about all of the incredible diving around its shores–it’s a mecca for divers thanks to the calm waters and great visibility, and it just so happens to be one of the cheapest places in the world to learn how to scuba dive (if any of you are interested). 🙂 I soon found out that the island is only eight square miles–Eight–think about how SMALL that is; I don’t know about you, but there’s something about tiny tropical islands surrounded by the sea that draw me in and make me feel like I Must.Visit.Now.
There is no airport on this tiny rock in the sea, so if you want to visit you’ve got to catch a ferry. Our journey to Koh Tao only took one taxi ride, a two-hour flight, followed by a 13-hour flight, another three-hour flight, one quick 45 minute flight, a 20 minute bus ride, and finally, a two-hour boat ride…
As we stepped off the Lomprayah Pier and looked North towards Sairee Beach, we knew that we were ready for our next adventure…