All posts tagged: Thailand

Learning to Scuba Dive at Davy Jones’ Locker, Koh Tao

It’s the afternoon of 24th February and I’m sat on the porch of my hut, which is overlooking the DMT’s (Dive Master Trainees) gallivanting around in the Davy Jones’ Locker resort pool, tanks and masks on, blowing air bubbles to the surface. Despite a growing envy, I sit here dreaming of life underwater and reflecting on the steps I took to becoming a certified Open Water Diver. Although I knew I wanted to conquer my fear of the sea on this trip, I hadn’t realised that it would be in Thailand in the first week of a fifteen week tour of South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India. Having asked an STA Travel agent in Bangkok to recommend beach activities for us to do for the last 9 days before we depart for Cambodia, he recommended this with all his heart. After much deliberation, we decided to jump right in at the deep end and book there and then. Two days later we were boarding the air-conditioned overnight bus to Koh Tao, a trip that …

Al Fresco Dining Bangkok at Vertigo Restaurant, Bangkok

What Vertigo Restaurant, The Banyan Tree hotel, Bangkok Where 21/100 South Sathon Road Sathon Bangkok 10120, Thailand +66 (0) 2679 1200 Experience Day one in Bangkok and after a whole day of trudging the streets in humid 32 degree heat, we were ready for a relaxing dinner at Vertigo, an al fresco dining experience situated on the top of the Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok’s sparkling Sathon district. Known for it’s gridlocked streets, Bangkok can be a pain to travel around by taxi. Last night was no exception and as a result we were slightly late. Feeling mildly stressed as we wandered through the hotel reception towards the lifts, all feeling left my body as we ascended at rapid pace up to the 59th floor. Once we arrived, we were ushered up two more floors to the rooftop. Neither of us were prepared for what we were about to see and as we stepped out onto the deck, loud gasps escaped from both of our mouths as we looked over Bangkok’s glittering skyline. We were …