Koh Phangan & Koh Tao
28.05.2016 - 01.06.2016 30 °C
Hey guys !!
It's been an incredible journey through Thailand, thus far. We quickly fell in love with Koh Phangan. The island is absolute heaven. We cruised around for days, not a care in the world. Garrison and I have been talking about what we miss back home. He said, good wifi. I said, the gym lol The difference being, he works with terrible wifi, and I gain weight ☹️ #womenproblems. So, what do I do? I sign up for the first Muay Thai training session I see👊🏼. Best Exercise I've had this entire trip, I want to join when I get home. And it was a great way to prepare for the destruction that followed that evening - the Half Moon Party 🌙🌙 What a night! 3000 party-goers head to the jungle for a big celebration of the half-moon, of course. We paid 1000baht to enter, and danced the night away to rave music until 5am. It wasn't fun having to check out early for a ferry at 3pm, in 30 degree weather, but somehow we managed; however, I am too old for this sh*t !😫
We travelled across the Thai sea to Koh Tao to get our open water diving certification. They say "earth" is a silly name for our planet, earth meaning land, soil, and dry desert. It is better known as "Planet Oceania" because our planet is actually covered 75%, by water. It's no kidding, millions of people want to explore this beautiful world down under. So, over 4 days, we spend two days looking out from our classroom onto the breathtaking beaches, wishing we were sun-tanning, followed by two days spent under the water. Our first day was intimidating. I'm sure most certified divers will agree that diver training is intense (if not, they're lying). The instructor continuously reiterates that you will be 12-18m under water and you, yourself, are your only life saver, and if you don't check your PSI regularly, you will run out of air 😫 You not only have to focus on breathing, but you have to clear your sinuses, find neutral buoyancy, use hand signals with your diving buddy, prepare for emergency in an instant, and more. Oh, and don't PANIC. You're only 12-18m, underwater😨 lol It was only when we got into the pool today, to practice our skills, that everything became clearer. We did the entire, hour-long session, underwater, all through hand signals. Very cool experience. I keep saying to myself, if I can get through my first year of Paramedics, saving lives, to sky-diving in Cairns, I can get through this, no problem 😁 I guess we'll see tomorrow. We head out on a half-day trip to the middle of the sea, where we'll guide ourselves 12m down with the aid of a rope (to get use to breathing, and our surroundings). The following day, we head out, with just a diving buddy, to an 18m depth. Wish us luck! 😬 or words of encouragement, (either or) 👍🏼
Since we arrived on Koh Tao, we haven't seen too much of the island, not like Koh Phangan. We've spent too much time in class. The first night, we came across a fire show, and enjoyed some drinks on the beach. Then continued on to the Queen's Cabaret, where we watched the ladyboys do their thing. That was a culture shock. I felt like I was watching my first burlesque show, choreography, bright costumes, and high heels. The only difference is, well.. you know 😅👠
Other than the omelette we ate, day 1, which riddled us with a 24 hour food bug, we've thoroughly enjoyed our time here 👌🏼 Thailand is an absolute paradise, and I wish we had more time. Soon, we'll be back home, back to reality.
It's been amazing sharing our experiences through blogging, and I hope you've enjoyed every minute! We look forward to ending this journey with a new outlook on what life's truly about, and implement that mindset when we get back. It's true, travelling is an incredible experience 🌎🌍 You learn so much about people around the world, other cultures, and way of life. You quickly realize you don't need much in life to live prosperous. You need your family, you friends, and your health. Everything else comes and goes. So enjoy the moments you have, create memories you'll never forget, and always appreciate the good times.
Until next time friends, we miss you, and we'll see you soon.
Rob and Erin ✌🏼️