After four years absence from one of our favourite countries in winter 2014/15 we went back to the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. Although escaping the German cold was an important factor for our decision, the main reason was to see our Colombian friends Alberto and Paulina again, who planned a month-long stopover with their two small children Maxi and Violeta on the island on their way to Australia. So we took the opportunity and went once again to the Land of Smiles.
To say it straight away: This travelogue is entirely different than the previous ones. On the one hand we did not discover many new things, because we already knew the most places we visited. Also travelling with a child is a completely different experience. However, we learned to see things with new eyes and enjoyed it a lot. We have learned that travelling with India can be magical and fantastic. Some of you will certainly miss the great pictures from earlier blogs. But perhaps Indias radiant eyes are an adequate substitute. At least the grandparents should rejoice 😉
Now, to our nearly two month trip: To make us and India the flight as pleasant as possible, we took a cheap offer from Emirates and stayed first as a stopover in Dubai for two nights. There India got large luminous eyes in the in a candy store of the Dubai Mall as well as in front of the aquarium.
Then we went on to Bangkok. We were surprised how accommodating the already friendly Thais are, when you travel with a child. It was just unbelievable. India was often simply torn away from us and was shown around. Even her grumpy face did not deter anyone. However, she should also learn to grin in the Land of Smiles.
After two nights in Bangkok we took the night train and ferry to the island, where our friends were awaiting us eagerly. Because they lived in a beautiful beach villa in a resort, we were able to enjoy this luxury for the first four weeks. However, this meant for us that we had to climb a hill in the heat, to get to the other side of the island to their resort.
Unfortunately, the first two weeks were a bit difficult because we had to get used to the holiday life with a child (which is totally different then our time on Koh Tao four years ago). And besides, India got the 3-day fever from her new friend Violeta.
With the subsiding fever everything was getting better and we enjoyed the island life, the Thai cuisine, the sea, the beach, the children and the boys went diving twice. In addition, a lot had to be celebrated. So we had to celebrate three birthdays, Christmas and the New Year. At Christmas, Santa Claus even visited Koh Tao. However, not with reindeer and sled, but with a red-nosed dog and boat 😉
Our New Year’s Eve we celebrated in the Haad Tien Resort, where our friends had checked in. It’s a perfect holiday location for families with kids, having a huge beach, two pools, and great staff helping out as babysitters. The evening buffet was the best we have seen in our lives. From sushi, lobster, crab legs, a variety of cheeses, Serrano ham to Thai food and pasta, there really was everything you dreamed of. The only downside: We just could not eat everything.
The party itself was also funny, we won a massage and had a babysitter who was taking care of the kids at midnight. Just perfect. We also stayed over night at the resort. From our beautiful bungalow we could had a magnificent view on the sea and a wonderful sunrise on the first day of the new year. Even if that meant that we had to get up at 6 clock as it was to beautiful to close our eyes again.
In the resort Steffen made also a hotel video and photos. In addition to a great experience and great work reference this opened many doors to us. Now we were “important” all around the resort and the buggy of India was carried over the steps. The staff always greeted us with “Hello India” and we were given a speedboat ride by the owner.
The last two and a half weeks we were alone on Koh Tao, because our friends were heading off to Australia. But before that we had a fantastic sunset together on the beach.
In order not to bore us in the remaining two weeks, Steffen decided quite spontaneously to become a dive instructor. Franka was guarding India while Steffen was studying. It paid off, because in spite of a lack of time and lack of sleep, Steffen completed as one of the best in the exam. After the obligatory celebration it was already time to say goodbye, although we would have liked stay much longer. But maybe it was not the last time that it we have been on the Turtle Island.
Over Bangkok and Dubai, we made again our way towards home. But not without eating one of Franka’s beloved paper dosas. So these two months had flown by and we can’t wait to be on the road again…