This time we had booked somewhere right next to the beach, but as it was a rocky coastline swimming was only possible at high tide again which wasn’t a problem as we also had a lovely pool to use. We didn’t waste much time as soon as we were unpacked, we went straight down to the pool, grabbed a beer and chilled out for a couple of hours.
In the evening we went a stroll along the road to find a supermarket for a few supplies, then went for dinner at a place called M Thai which was opposite our hotel, we chose there as it was busy and the smell of the BBQ chicken they were doing outside was too much to resist. It was as good as it smelt and after dinner we went for a walk along the beach, with a few beach resorts and bars scattered along the coast, which kind of reminded us of Goa, with a very laid-back vibe with lots of ‘smoking’ bars and reggae music playing. We stopped in one place called ‘Where Else’ for a quick drink on the way back, which had a lovely set up with lots of trees, wood, lights and chilled out tunes which reminded both of us of a few venues at various festivals in the UK.
First off, we headed to Ko Rok, dropped off a member of the crew with our lunch for later, and then headed round to a bay on the other side of the island. The water was clear blue and exactly how you imagine a tropical island paradise to look, simply stunning. We got given our snorkelling gear and flippers, this was the first time I had ever used them and struggled to get them on in the water and Sadie had to help me! We were soon swimming about, admiring the lovely coral and lots of fish all around us. 30 minutes later, we get called back to the boat and then went to another part of the island. Sadly this 2nd snorkelling spot was full of dead coral and therefore less sea-life around it, a stark reminder of why we need to do all we can to protect the ocean and all that live in it.
That evening we just decided to eat at our hotel, after having a couple of 79B cocktails at the Meeting Point bar next door. Yes, they are probably the cheapest on the island, but sadly taste a bit watered down and all very similar, nothing like what we would get back home. After having a burger, we went off to bed as it had been a long tiring day.
Popped into the bar next door to our hotel which is called Freedom, however we soon left after one drink as A - it was the most expensive small bottle of beer we have bought in Thailand and B - it was full of what can only be described as ‘backpackers on mummy and daddy’s money’.
They also look for flight volunteers to take the animals who have been adopted, on to their new owner. Sadly, we couldn’t do this either, but plenty people do and it must be so rewarding to escort someone’s new pet and hand it over and them at the airport. Overall, we had a great time there and hopefully they can continue to help lots of animals.