Getting to the tiny island of Koh Tao from Bangkok was relatively easy - Solar Air sells through tickets that take you from plane to van to ferry for one price, and all went fairly well. The plane was the smallest I've ever been on, seating 15.
But, sadly, we did NOT like Koh Tao.
And you are going to look at these pictures and think that we're crazy.
What the pics DON'T show you about this tiny island is how completely it's been overrun by mediocre businesses; nasty fly by night hotels just out to make a buck, travel agencies that also happen to sell brightly-striped juggler's pants and keychains, restaurants serving crap renditions of Thai food on a ten-page menu that includes fish & chips, or vegemite sandwiches, or burgers and fries; the trash lining all the roadways and beaches; in short, a tourist ghetto that has taken over most of the island.
I hear it used to be different, ten years ago. It's still apparently one of the cheapest places in the world to get your scuba certification, which is what brought us there originally; but after two hours of poking around and seeing what was up, Logan and I had had enough, canceled the rest of our stay, and booked a high-speed ferry leaving for Koh Samui the following morning.
But not before we enjoyed a beer with the sunset, surrounded by Europeans with crisp sunburns, and picked at our plate of flavorless curry.
So sorry, Koh Tao. You coulda been a contendah.