We took an overnight ferry to get
to Ko Tao island. We arrived at the absurd hour of 5 a.m. and had
to wait in the rain until a restaurant opened for breakfast around 6:30.
After breakfast, we found a beautiful room facing the sea to stay in.
The island was nice but not spectacular.
The main problem was that tourists
outnumbered locals by at least 5 to 1-- not our idea of a foreign
country! Most of the tourists were giant, blond, pierced,
tattooed divers. We didn't fit in. I guess Thailand is so
popular because it is so easy to travel there, the people are nice
enough, and you never have to leave your comfort zone. But we didn't
like being in such an isolated tourist bubble--especially not with this
species of tourist.