My time in back in Bangkok was brief. I decided if I was unable to play because of my accident and damage to my right hand (please see Chaing Mai blog); Then there was no point in staying in a city where I had already spent a fair amount of time.
During my New Zealand tour I had 4 days free where I managed to use the time wisely enough to take and pass my basic open water diving course. This enabled me the chance to go fun diving if I was ever in a good place for it. So I booked myself on the first bus and boat I could which took me to the small island of Kho Tao. I had just endured 12 hours on a bus but somehow felt 12 more plus a few hours on a boat would be ok. I cannot pretend it was but I will still justify it to be worth the trek.
Koh Tao was not a very clean place and the locals were just as determined to sell you things as they were in bangkok. However Once I found the right accommodation in a secluded spot by the beach; and once I was out in the warm crystal clear waters in one of the finest spots South East asia had to offer for snorkeling. I knew it was worth it.
Scuba diving ensued the following day and I had the joy and pleasure of seeing some wonderful underwater life including a large Turtle that was munching on some coral. Another guy who was with us doing a dive had a camera and he was able to capture the moment. I will try to upload it but if for any reason it`s not here (you know what technology is like – or me with technology) just try to imagine yourself 21 metres under the sea watching a massive turtle eating coral less than a metre away from you.
Anyway with a few days of chilling and swimming under my belt I was feeling both refreshed and ready to return to Bangkok to play another residency totaling 10 shows in 6 days. The fact that I hand`t yet picked up a guitar to see if my hand was able to work was a bit of a worry. But I`d have to let that one ride itself out.