So far this blog has been pretty all over the place, a little directionless.
Well lucky me, I finally found some direction! And that direction is approximately 7662 km (or 4761 miles) northwest from my home in Sydney.
Destination: Koh Tao, Thailand.
George and I are escaping the plummeting Sydney temperatures, and taking a hop, skip, and jump across the pond to the Gulf of Thailand. We first fell in love with Koh Tao after a visit in 2009. We booked for two nights, stayed five, and wished for more. Unfortunately our itinerary at the time didn’t allow much flexibility, so we were left kicking ourselves for not arranging things differently.
This time around we are dedicating three months to Koh Tao, and a few days to Bangkok. This could change slightly, and we may end up adding a few extra stops in along the way, but at the moment that’s how it looks.
So where is this Koh Tao place anyway?
The island is located approximately 70km off the east coast of Thailand, between Suratthanu and Chumphon, in the stunning Gulf of Thailand.
Here’s a small fact about Koh Tao; it’s tiny. Coming in at a cosy 21 square km’s, it is dwarfed by neighbours Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. At the end of 2006 its official population stood at 1382.
Koh Tao (which translates into Turtle Island) earned its name because of the abundance of turtles found in the waters surrounding the island. Unfortunately, due to tourism and infrastructure, these numbers have dropped significantly. Many also believe the shape of Koh Tao resembles that of a turtle.
Hmmm… I’m not so sure. What do you think?
Turtle shaped or not, Koh Tao will be our home for three months (as of May 1). So please feel free to come along for the ride…