The Very Forgettable Koh Tao
After a 24 hour trip from Cambodia through the mind warping world of the Thai night and day to arrive at the island of Koh Tao off the east coast of Thailand we had arrived, yet it was a somewhat underwhelming experience. Disappointment was an understatement. Being a fan of these tropical islands I had had great expectations of the beauty Koh Tao entailed. Yet, at the port on arrival we saw a bay overflowing with tourist boats, diving boats and a few recent boat wrecks that had yet to be cleaned up. With roads winding throughout the island and a modern strip of bars and diving schools on the main beach front, it was a grade B of what a grade A island of Gili Trawangan is. It was bland, and presented dive schools that offered no more than bland tropical diving for those looking to do a PADI course on the cheap. From that perspective this was great as it provided tropical scuba- diving on the cheap, as without experiencing other reefs as a beginner, it would undoubtedly provide an unforgettable experience for them. There is nothing much else to mention other than to mention we left as soon as we arrived to get over to the 100x better Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta off the west coast of Thailand. Koh Tao is an island that twins Magnetic Island on the east coast of Australia, yet the beaches on Magnetic provide a sweeter touch on the eye and soul than what unfortunately Koh Tao does. A place to be as quickly forgotten as quick as we left.
The Quiet and The Peace of Koh Lanta
With very few bars, quiet plush restaurants, little traffic on its winding roads and hotels on the cheap Koh Lanta is the perfect island get away from the more touristy islands up north. With the fresh fish and kin prawns sat out on ice at the front of each restaurant ready to be barbecued and enjoyed by a tourist enjoying the sunset over Lanta’s long beaches And that is why this island is great. Lets be honest, there is not much to do, it does not have the scenery nor beauty of Koh Phi Phi yet for hotels much cheaper than those on Koh Phi Phi, food much cheaper and a scene and aura that escapes the traditional tourist routes it is a nice getaway to just sit back, relax and enjoy.