MAR 7 // DAY 37

5 am came quickly. We extracted ourselves from a very cozy bed and stumbled downstairs for a delicious host-cooked breakfast. Over the next few hours, we were shepherded from one bus to another bus and onto an over-crowded ferry. Given our recent experience in Phuket, we had low expectations that were instantly exceeded.

Koh Tao is gorgeous. The water is a deep, clear blue and the beaches extend for miles along the western shore. We walked straight from the ferry terminal into Easy Divers Koh Tao and signed up for their four-day open water scuba certification course. Our introduction didn’t start until late afternoon, so after checking into our hostel, we had all day to poke around town.

After a few hours of scuba videos, we walked about thirty minutes north to Sairee to do our homework on the beach. The town is considerably more lively than the area around Mae Haad Pier, filled with diving schools, fancy hotels and loads of tourists. We stumbled upon The Queen’s Caberet, offering a show starting promptly at 10:20 pm. Given that we had our first dive the following morning, I was reluctant to stay out so late, but I’m so glad we did! The drag show was fantastic, complete with sequined costumes, bouffant wigs and precise choreography. We gushed about it all the way back to our quiet little hostel.