Koh Tao (Thai: เกาะเต่า) is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It is a small island covering only about 21 square kilometers. The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving. In fact, we had made our way over to this island so that Douglas and Brittany could get their diving licenses. We simple went along just to spend a few more days with them because we enjoyed their company! 🙂
We had reserved a few nights at Viking House, a wonderful guesthouse located up on a hill overlooking the coastline of Koh Tao.
There was a hammock on the balcony, and the view was amazing if you lay there.
After staying in a beach bungalow, this was quite a luxurious change for all of us.
The view from our balcony
After settling into our guesthouse, we made our way down to the streets by the coast to do some shopping, and get some food. We had not eaten since our midnight sandwiches on the ferry the night before.
This a map of Koh Tao.
As you can see above, we were situated on the left hand side of the island.
We all got Chicken Pad Thai at a great little place by the water.
It was amazing!!! And so was the view from the restaurant…
Koh Tao is a great island. Very laid back and not too much of a party scene.
Dragon fruit (a common Asian fruit with a mild sweetness)
This little one had dyed fur and she was wearing pearls!!
There were tons of places to stay near us, but we definitely had chosen a great place!! 🙂
We passed there gorgeous flowers everyday.
I am glad that I got a good picture of them!
The road up to Viking House was steep and not very developed. I am sure that in a few years from now this area will be very busy and built up with guesthouses and businesses.
LOL – “Swingers Welcome”
It kind of felt like we were staying in a rural area however we definitely had a fancy place to go back to every night.
The streets were not paved where we stayed. The trek up the hill was long and very difficult at night. We had to have torches to make the journey properly. The storm had wet the roads and there was a lot of mud, but we got some exercise everyday, so that was a plus!
Here we are walking back up the hill from the stores. We wanted to make full use of the fridge and cooking facilities, so we stocked up on food and drinks.
Our guesthouse. We were on the second floor.
View of Nanyang Island in the distance.
Our pool area was fantastic. Look at the view from the infinity pool!!
Justin and Douglas cooling off after shopping.
Just at the bottom of the hill where we were staying, there was a local little restaurant. Sometimes we didn’t feel like venturing any further than this so we ate here a couple of times.
Justin and I were happy to be spending time with D&B.
HHhhmm… Ice Coffee!!
Douglas and Brittany
Douglas and I kept having hot Green Curries despite the fact that they left us writhing in pain!! We figured that it must have been the red chili’s because we kept having this result with anything the contained them! Suckers for punishment… We kept doing it over and over again!
We just couldn’t resist the amazing Thai Green Curry. DELICIOUS!!
This is what most of the area around our guesthouse looks like.
Not much development.
Our beautiful guesthouses on the hillside!
Douglas taking a rest in the hammock.
We took full advantage of the fact that we had a lounge and private area to socialize in. We played card and dice games, and bought drinks to enjoy “at home”. It was a great choice to stay here!!!
Thanks Douglas and Brittany!
You guys are great!