Thursday, May 8, 2014


After three months of moving from place to place, living out of a backpack, and saying way too many goodbyes than my heart can handle, not going to lie, I am exhausted! When I was stuck in Bangkok for five days waiting for my visa to India, beach was the only thing on my mind. So I changed my plans, booked a one-way ticket to Koh Tao, and went confidently in the direction of the unknown.

Koh Tao is a small island full of picturesque beaches and abundant marine life. Known for its crystal clear waters and relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect destination to recharge my batteries. For the past week, I washed my face, put on my bikini and stepped out of my bungalow with an impressive peace of mind.

I started my day every morning at this cute little restaurant overlooking the ocean. I would chat with the owners while sipping my thai tea and listening to the sound of waves crashing. Then I would go explore and find the best summit for a viewpoint, or go on a mission to find the secluded beaches on the island.

My daily yoga session is at noon, and I would always go at least half an hour early to soak in the panoramic view. Koh Tao is hot and things get sweaty, but I knew the ocean was waiting for me. There’s nothing better than jumping in the ocean after a rejuvenating yoga session and sipping a fresh coconut on the beach. 

Another thing that makes Koh Tao unique, is the amazing sea life underwater. I went on a couple of fun dives with Pimp My Dive and it was spectacular! I felt like I was swimming in an aquarium! Definitely one of the major highlights during my stay.

Of course, what makes a place extraordinary is the people that fills it. I met a group of great friends that instantly made me feel at home. They included me in their daily gatherings and I even attended a bikini fashion show on the beach, how cool is that?

Koh Tao effortlessly give a sense of belonging. Everyone here greets each other with a friendly smile and are eager to lend you a hand when you need it. There is a real sense of community and the simplicity of the lifestyle on this island blew me away. My unexpected trip to Koh Tao ended up being the hardest goodbye yet. It’s funny how things work isn’t it?


  1. Hi, Mindy, I'm Jing. Hope you remember me. ^_^ I thought you are in India now until I found the blog. Glad to see you had a nice vacation, Koh Tao looks great too. Hope some day we could travel together.

    1. Hey Jing! Of course I remember you silly :) I had some issue with the visa for India so ended up postponing it until November. Should be a better season to visit anyway so it all worked out :) Thanks for the comment and I definitely look forward to our next travel together!

  2. I'm loving your blog posts, pictures, everything about your trips!! I'm living vicariously through you :)

    1. Thanks Ash! Hope you are having a great time in Boston :)