The lovely folks at Grasshopper tours let me hitch a 40minute ride with my bike to the ferry terminal at Chumpon. We made it for the 7am Catamaran service to the East coast islands, their group went to the big island Koh Samui. I opted for the first small island Koh Tao thinking I could then catch the afternoon ferry to Koh Samui
The bike went on the very full Cat OK although taking it almost doubles the price from 600 to 1100 baht! 100minutes later we made a brief stop at Ko Hang Tao to drop of a whole group of folks and there fresh fruit & veg supplies. A quick 12 minute spin across the bay and we were at Koh Tao (Turtle Island). Once I disembarked I bumped into a Brazilian guy who is biking from Hong Kong to Singapore, he recommended avoiding Phuket & going via Krabi down the West coast to Singapore. So many choices, .
Once on the island I decided to bike across to Ao Leuk to get some brunch, Wow what a steep hill! On the way back I struggled to push the bike up the hill! However, I had lovely Thai vegetable green soup & rice. Arriving back in the town I went to book my ticket to be told the afternoon ferry was full 🙁 So I’m leaving on the 9.00am today
I ended up, after a fruitless hour searching for the Jom Thong Guesthouse, including falling off the bike in the fine sand 🙁 In the end I decided on the Cafe del Sol Guesthouse in the village centre run by one the many French people on the island. Nice room but the usual dodgy internet connection.
I treated myself to another pedicure, manicure & foot massage, with the lady using a stick for the first time over here. Not the best but OK for £12
The pictures of the day are here
and the Strava for the short hop over the island is on Strava here: