Flashpacking or backpacking?

Flashpacking or backpacking?
Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand


Spent the next two days swimming, occasionally with a lovely old dog who had a huge need to be cuddled in the water. It was all really bliss except for the sand flies/mosquitoes who ate us alive at night. We spent our first twenty years visiting Thailand taking the deluxe route. You know the score, air-conditioned cars at the airport, 5+ star hotels, poolside drinks with improbable names and ridiculous foliage. All very nice but at times a little disconnected from reality. This time we decided to get a bit more hands on ……….. and it was a great success. Now a private villa with a pool on the beach in Koh Tao isn’t exactly a cockroach infested, 200 baht a night hovel but it was a change for us at least and one we will definitely repeat.

On the plus side the pool and location was fantastic, the downside was the ‘Balinese’ bedroom complete with vampire, Kamikaze mosquitoes and open air bathroom. There is nothing like stumbling to the bathroom at 3am wondering if anything has camped out under the loo seat and sharing your intimate bodily functions with beetles, sand flies and geckos. Koh Tao is exactly what we were looking for, the old, fairly unspoilt Thailand minus the discos, strip clubs and drunk, sweaty, sun-burnt Northerners looking for the nearest Burger King. If that’s your thing try Phuket, Samui, Pattaya etc.

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