After escaping the full moon party it was time to hop islands and visit Koh Tao. Sitting on a high speed ferry, squashed in like sardines with fellow backpackers. Many of them looking worse for wear with bruises, black eyes, broken bones and sheer groggyness. With anticipation for another quiet few days staying on the beach in a bungalow.
If you are into scuba diving this is the place to learn, with every fifth place offering a course. The main attraction is to see a whale shark. We opted to stay dry, exploring the island with a scooter and a hungry apatite.
Right across the road from where we were staying was a fantastic restaurant with locals eating at it. For me that means it should be good. We ordered some thai crab cakes, these were fantastic dunked into the sweet chili sauce. So crunchy.
I ordered a pad thai, I was searching for the best in Thailand. My old local Patcharin in West End has the best one I have ever eaten. I wanted to find the region that it might of originally came from. Though it might be one of those things that they have changed for us westerners.
The pad thai in Thailand contained prawns, I usually opted out of these as majority of the time they were the small dried ones that were a little crunchy to chew but salty as the sea. Here it consisted of tofu, bean sprouts, egg, chives, peanuts and noodles. Give it a generous amount of lime juice and you are off. I noticed that the tamarind flavours were very subtle in Thailand. So what did Roy eat?
Of course a bowl of soup, you can not change his mind about eating soup. This was a chicken noodle soup, with so many herbs put into the top, for you to mix in. The Thai people definitely know how to make a good stock, always so delicate with flavour, but tasty enough you can tell that it has been flavoured. For most of us we would now add are own flavourings of the sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Give it a good stir and slurp away to get every last drop.
BELOW: The tourist stip of Koh Tao, party bucket anyone?
ABOVE: Corn on coals
ABOVE: The view from the dock looking along the coast line
BELOW: Inside of a boat – such cool colours
Another day watching the sun go down over the water. Tomorrow we are off to explore the main land of Thailand.