Koh Mak & Koh Chang
IT'S CHRIIIIIIISTMASSSSS!!! Well, it was. And what a Christmas on the beautiful island of Koh Mak.
Koh Mak is situated in the gulf of Cambodia rather than southern Thailand and after previous Thai trips I knew this was the part of Thailand to head for. And it truly didn't disappoint. The island was very rugged, lots of scrub and trees, not so much roads as tracks, and glorious beaches.
We stayed at the gorgeous Cococape resort in a beautiful room steps from the crystal ocean, not to mention the infinity pool! Olivia and Harriet managed to get a basic hut there too very last minute right over the water. It was fantastic.
While there we had no plans but to relax and have total beach time. However we went out to another resort, Monkey Island, on our second night and got chatting to some diving guys who managed to persuade us to go diving on Boxing Day. Okay so it didn't take too much persuading as Lauren already wanted to do it and I'm a push over anyway but diving was not something I really wanted to do. But I'm SO glad I did. I totally fell in love with it, it was so much fun!!
Christmas Eve was the big party at Monkey where I danced till 5am, swam in the sea in my dress, and acquired a massive hangover. IT WAS GREAT. Christmas Day I went to a beautiful secluded beach and had amazing (really amazing) Thai food with a lovely diving friend Wes and just generally chilled out. A pretty perfect Christmas, although still a bit weird with no family around.
We moved on to Koh Chang for New Years as its a bit more of a party island. It was good fun though I'd definitely recommend Koh Mak as more beautiful and a better holiday place. I could've stayed there for weeks. Or months!! On Koh Chang though I did do my open water diving course to qualify me as able to dive a lot cheaper and the course was pretty fun. I passed on New Years Eve so was reason for celebration.
Koh Chang definitely reminded me more of the party islands of the south and was fun, but maybe somewhere I wouldn't go back. I think I'd just fallen in love with Koh Mak too much!! Plus we'd split off from Harriet and Olivia so it was weird being just a two again!
New Years Day Wes the diver came over as he was heading back to Bangkok the same day as us on the 2nd so we hung out some more and lazed around on the beach for the last beach day. Well, last Thai beach day at least! We headed back to crazy Bangkok for one night only where we had an amazing amazing dinner and the first red wine in months, it was so GOOD!!! Oh my GOD it was good!
Thailand I find gets better each time I visit. I remember going about five years ago and hating it and vowing to never return. That changed in 2011 when Maria and I went to Koh Samet and I thought it wasn't so bad, and now I'm in love again. I can't wait to get back and do some more diving! Ahh Thailand. You were a good place for a luxurious Christmas!