We spent one day in Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan for snorkeling. Pre-planned tours are not my favorite usually, but this time it looked more convenient than any plan we would try to make ourselves. The tour company picked us up from our hotel early in the morning and drove us to the pier where took speedboats to the islands.
The boat ride was not very comfortable to me, since I get sea-sick easily. I tried to sleep a bit on Baris’s shoulder, and we arrived Ko Tao in 1.5 hours. (I took the pics with my cell phone and underwater camera. Don’t mind the quality, just enjoy the beauty!)
Ko Tao is one of the best snorkeling destinations in Thailand. It is a small island with 21 km2 area and 1.382 population. We spent 1 hour here discovering things underwater, without wasting any single moment.
The tour company brought us to a small restaurant on the shore after the snorkeling. Here, we realized how hungry we were when we smelt the different Thai food. I’ve decided that my favorite Thai dish is definitely the one with green curry (yummy!).
The next destination was Ko Nang Yuan. This island is much smaller than Ko Tao, but much more popular when it comes to scuba diving. In fact, we enjoyed the snorkeling here much more so than Ko Tao.
Since I was not use to the snorkel, I had a difficult time coordinating my breath between my mouth and my nose. In the end I gave up and just used the swimming glasses, which was much more comfortable. Every time I took a deep breath and dived into water, I used every single oxygen molecule I breathed in to stay under the sea for as long as possible :) I love being underwater… I could have stayed there forever, but we needed to take the boat to make it back to Ko Samui.
The only downside of that trip was being dependent on the time plan of the tour company. It made us track the hours for the whole day, go wherever they took us, and we had to be back by a certain time, which was earlier than the sunset. Next time I’ll find some tips to make my own trip to the small islands of Thailand.