Hello all from the sunny, tropical island of Koh Tao.
A little bit about Koh Tao
Koh Tao is small-ish island off the eastern coast of Thailand. There are two primary activities on Koh Tao. Diving and drinking (most of the time in that order). But don’t let people tell you shouldn’t come here unless you dive. We’ve found plenty to do.
Our Koh Tao Lifestyle
Clay and I are renting a fairly large bungalow near Sairee Beach. We are just up the hill, off the beach and main road. We’ve got big bedrooms and a kitchen (which is a rarity in these parts). We’ve also got the fastest internet on the island. We pay 16,000 baht (~$500 US) plus 1,200 baht for internet.
Our kitchen is pictured below. “It looks like a healthy frat had a party and left their water bottles and egg cartons strewn about,” David Walsh.
A typical day goes a little something like this:
- Wake and breakfast. 3-4 eggs and some pork belly (really thick bacon) pictured below.
- Work for 1-2 hrs on our veranda. Clay’s developing a product and I’m working on several as well as setting up a publishing company. More to come on both of our projects later.
- 30 minutes in the gym using Clay’s awesome workout program. The gym is a dream for the ‘pump’. No shirts or shoes are required and you can grunt as much as you want.
- Next is a delicious post-workout meal courtesy of Tik restaurant. We opt for the cashew nut and pork or sweet and sour pork. And it’s always accompanied by a big vegetable salad.
- More work, often in New Heaven Cafe (which has the best coffee I’ve found on the island)
- I go for a nap on the beach at some point in here.
- More work and a quick look at the sunset
- Dinner is normally a couple beef skewers from the lady right next to the 7-11 on the main road in Sairee beach.
- Join friends for drinks/food or more work until bed.
- It gets sweaty. Real sweaty. I sweat at least a little bit most of the day. Bring Icebreaker shirts.
- Mosquitos love it here. They feed on drunk tourists all day long.
- Mostly whiteys. If you’re looking for Thai culture this is not where you want to be.
- I’ve never seen more people walking around with bandages for their injuries. People get injured on scouters, step on glass, and god knows what else.
- Most people who stay longer term get scouters. They’re dirt cheap to rent but I’ve heard you have to be careful about scratching them or pay heavy fines.