Los Angeles – Southeast Asia

Stop #5 out of 35: Koh Tao, Thailand

Photos taken April 2016.

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Koh Tao Island, Thailand

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Koh Tao – often referred to as “Turtle Island” – attracts thousands of travelers and expats thanks to affordable diving courses, clear waters, and carefree lifestyle. With hundreds of dive schools employing English-speaking instructors, it is likely that you will meet more expats residing here than local Thai.

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Every night, we visited “Mamas” – a small shack with loads of repeat customers – for cheap, top-notch Thai cuisine. Pictured is an order of stir-fry chicken and vegetable noodles made from the most endearing and genuine  Thai mama we’ve met yet.

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Our last day of instruction was graced with an illuminating sunset, our new four-legged friend, and Chang beers. We are now open-water certified! 

Spending the rest of the evening at a local bar recapping our dives with video footage courtesy of Bobcat, our videographer from Mojo Divers, was a brilliant end to our trip on Koh Tao…or so we thought.

 The following day was the Songkran Festival.

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Songkran Festival 2016 – Thailand’s annual New Year festival, officially celebrated on April 13th – encourages a myriad of people out on the streets for a day (or days!) of celebration. This colossal water fight uses an unfathomable amount of water, white minty paste locals smear on faces, and music blasting from all areas.

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The streets were filled with local vendors selling water guns, backpacks, and plastic waterproof phone cases. Restaurants and shops – closed for the day – set up water refill stations for everyone to join in on the fun.

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Coke can in one hand and water gun in the other…this kid means business. Be warned.

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Final sunset before departing the island, just like sunset here every night.

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