One of the main reasons we chose Koh Tao from the many islands around there was because it’s one of the cheapest places to get your scuba diving certification and has some beautiful dive sights. For the next four days we split up our time between class work and swimming up to 18 metres below surface. It was a really neat experience to see the bottom of the ocean which is like a whole other world.
We also went to a muay thai boxing match on the island. I was a little hesitant to watch this since I generally don’t like watching people beat the crap out of eachother, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. We made a small bet with each other on each fight which started with kids around the age of 10 (it was a little weird cheering on kids to fight but nobody got hurt in this match). The fights progressed from lightweights to the heavyweights. The stadium is outside and the buzz and excitement of the crowd is contagious.
One of the best parts of being near the water is the fresh seafood that is brought in daily. We had plenty of meals watching the sun go down. After five days here we HAD to leave (these islands are tourist traps and the prices are inflated). The next morning we caught a ferry and a bus further south to Krabi town.