February 16, 2011 – February 27, 2011
Today is our last day in Koh Phangan so we decided to make the most of it but doing another motorcycle tour (we were extra careful on the roads and took it very easy). First we headed south to Thong Sala where we stopped in at a budhist monastary which is run by a Aussie/US husband and wife for the last 20 years which specialises in 10 day retreats where you live to a strict schedule with total silence. Sandra had got a rave review from another German she met through her diving so we were curious to check it out. 10 days is a big commitment though and both of us were not really sure it would be for us and in any event the next retreat wasn't due to start until 13 March so logistics would be difficult regardless.Next stop after a long ride up and down steep hills and bumpy dirt roads was the Than Sadet waterfalls which Lonely Planet had talked up...unfortunately it wasn't really worth all the effort as there was barely more than a trickly of water flowing over a few rocks. Perhaps in the wet season it might be spectacular though if the water volume was much higher. Despite the disappointing waterfalls, overall I did really enjoy the motorcycle ride though so was still a good experience.We drove back up through the main road up the centre of Koh Phangan then via Haad Salat and stopped off briefly to say our farewells to the staff at Haad Yao Divers, including a very friendly Turkish guy by the name of Jener who was travelling and diving his way around Thailand for a few weeks. Jener was also staying at JB Hut so we arranged to meet for dinner and a few drinks and had some great conversation. We exchanged emails and Jener invited us to come diving with him in Turkey some time in the future once we have made our way to London which was really nice.To bed after that to enjoy our last night in the bungalow before a big travel day tomorrow to Bangkok.