After a delicious pancake breakfast we packed up our bags and hailed a cab to take us to the boat docks. It was time to say “good bye” to beautiful Koh Tao and “hello” to the island of Koh Phangan.
We arrived at the docks ready for an easy boat ride and were shocked to see the station overrun with uncoordinated passengers with oversized luggage.
It was a mad house. With no idea where to go or which of the three long lines I needed to be in, I weaved my way to the front to ask. When I asked which line was for Koh Phagnan, the woman working besides the ticket counter gave me my boarding passes and bag stamps, I had, unknowingly, gotten away with cutting in front of the 50 people sweating behind me to do that very same thing. ‘Oops’ and ‘Score’ at the same time.
We waited in the sardine can for about 20 minutes before we baby-stepped our way on board. It was an easy 90 minute ride and I entertained myself with “America’s Funniest Home Video’s” which was playing on a TV screen inside the boat.
We had a hotel in mind but had not made hotel arrangements yet because we had been tipped off that it would be cheaper to wait until we’d arrived. As we cruised down the narrow island roads to a barren area whose hotels were few and far between, we began doubting our decision.
Our driver dropped us off at the top of a hill where we could see no hotel in sight. “Where is Hotel Harmony”, I asked, scared to find out the real answer. He pointed down the hill to a dirt path, which seemed to have no ending. We started to walk. We walked for about five minutes down and around this curvy path as I crossed my fingers and hoped for success. I didn’t want to have to walk back up this mess.
We finally approached the hotel whose rooms were sectioned off in individual duplexes and looked more like little cottages than a hotel. We were greeted by a friendly man who ensured us that there were rooms available and offered to let us have our pick.
We ended up in a discrete duplex bungalow that looked right out into the ocean. 10 feet were all that stood between our front door and the rushing tide. It was wonderful. We sat our bags down and decided to roam around the residence and grab some refreshments.
We strolled along a small pathway sprouting tropical trees on each side, and headed into the lounge area.
The patio area was sheltered under green vines twisting in and out of bamboo sticks to make a relaxing roof top with the ocean only a stones throw away.
We followed the sound of Bob Marley inside the lounge area where there was an abundance of floor seating, tables and chairs, a big screen TV, an internet area and a wall full of books and games. I scoped out the menu and ordered a delicious Pina Colada and cheersed to another beautiful island.