I woke up at 6AM because I wanted to get a workout in before getting on the ferry. My alarm went off and I looked at my phone to go through my morning emails. I had a message from Heather saying the AC was not working properly and they had to have someone come out to fix it. I spent a bit of the morning chatting with her to make sure that everything was ok and working fine and getting with Blake just incase they needed any help. Before I knew it, it was time to pack and get in the taxi to head to the ferry. No morning workout for me :(
I got to the ferry and bought my ticket in plenty of time. I sat down on a bench and read (A Million Little Pieces) until the ferry arrived. The boat was not as big as the other boat that I had taken before and it was swaying from side to side a bit too much for my liking.
On the ferry to Koh Tao
When I got on and found a bench seat I snagged it so I could sleep. I put all my stuff right under me and pulled out my little bag with socks and undies to use as a pillow. I strapped my purse around my body and fell right asleep. I only woke up twice during the ride, but pretty much slept the whole way.
When we arrived in Koh Tao, the place that I had looked into staying at was right next to the ferry so I walked to the reception and booked a room. I was only planning on staying one night so I dropped my things off and packed my backpack with anything that I could possibly need (my ipad, computer, swimsuit, change of clothes, towel, selfie stick, external battery) and headed out to rent a motorbike.
I did not read much about Koh Tao so I was not sure where I was going but I was just going to ride around and see the island and figure it out from there. I knew there were a couple hikes that you could do but was not sure of where they were so I just headed south on the bike.
I reached Freedom Beach, which is where the road ends on the south side and walked down to check it out. The water was beautiful and crystal clear. There were several people snorkeling and laying out. It was not very sunny so I decided to head up north and see what was up there. Just to let you know this island is tiny… like a mile wide by a couple miles long so there is not that much to see, but I do not have much time on the island so motorbiking was the best option to see and do the most in my short amount of time.
I turn up towards the mountainous area of the island and start to head uphill. There were some signs pointing towards some viewpoints so I wanted to go and check those out. The roads are not paved and they are really bumpy and hard to navigate through. After a scary 20 minute ride up, I make it to the first lookout.
It is beautiful! The view of the beach is amazing. I still on this bench and see a guy that was doing the same crazy motorbike trip as me up these dirt roads. He introduces himself to me and his name is Daniel and he is from Germany. He asks if I want to try and go to Mango Bay Viewpoint it is supposed to be really pretty and right down the road.
We head to the next viewpoint and when we get there, it is the same view as the previous one. Still beautiful but not the one we were looking for. We take the dirt roads a bit deeper into the mountains and follow some more signs to Mango Bay. We get to a dead end with a trail and hike down to the bottom. When we get about 500 steps down, there is a security guard saying that it is private property and that there is a way down to the back but he is not sure where it is.
We bike back a bit and try a couple different paths to see if they will take us down to the beach. Most of them go for a half a mile or so and then dead end. We were not having any luck. Daniel remembered seeing one more spot that could be the trail so we head that way and say that this will be our last attempt. We had been hiking around trying to find this beach up and down countless hills ands stairs for like 3 hours already so we were both pretty beat.
When we get to the split off of where we are going to try to get to the beach it is wide enough for us to take the bikes so we do. We head down these steep winding hills for a while until we get to a parking lot. We park the bikes and follow the sign that says “walkway to the sea” The route did not look too promising but we gave it a shot and thank goodness we did because it brought us to the ocean!
We had to go down about 1,000 steps and weird “Thai Style” ladders and bridges made of bamboo but we made it down to the rocks. I was so happy we finally found the water. I have not got in the water much this trip because the ocean kind of freaks me out. I do not like big waves, but this was calm water and it was crystal clear.
I was not wearing my bikini (it was in my backpack) but I did not care. I jumped into the ocean in all of my clothes and went for a swim! It was soooo nice! After my swim I enjoyed the breeze and nice view for a bit before we hiked back up to the bikes.
By this time I was getting hungry and running out of water so I was ready to head back down to sea level. When we got back to the bikes Daniel could not find his key so he had to go back down the zillion steps to look for it. Thankfully he found it and we were on our way.
There was one part where he had to ride his bike and my bike up a really steep hill. It was slick and steep and I was really scared. I was so glad he was there to get my bike up because I might not have made it!
When we got down, we went to Fitness Cafe (I had eaten here for breakfast too) and got chicken avo wraps and they were amazing! I also tried their homemade peanut butter cup. Having good healthy food makes the trip so much better. I have been eating greasy Thai food for the past few days so it is so nice to have my healthy food back :)
I am pretty beat right now. I am about to shower and head back down to the main part of town to look through the shopping. There were some pretty cool shops that I passed earlier. I have heard they do fire shows on the beach at night and I am going to meet up with Daniel for a late dinner at one of the restaurants he recommended (The Gallery).
After such an amazing day with great food and some serious adventures, I am thinking that I am going to stay another night here just to explore more. Tomorrow I want to try and kayak around the whole island. That way I will be able to check out all of the beaches!