In the afternoon we visited Koh Kradat which was only a five minute speedboat ride away. The wind was still strong so the water was unclear but Jake had fun on the beach, Nadia enjoyed building sand castles and I found the biggest stick I had ever seen! There were a lot of deer on the island and many had antlers so we decided it was where Santa sent his reindeers each Christmas for a rest! We even managed a tractor ride to the other side of the island!
To celebrate New Year's Eve, we decided to visit the seafood restaurant that we discovered earlier in the day. We hopped on the motorbike and made the fifteen minute journey there. They managed to find us a table despite being fully booked which was very kind of them. We had a lovely evening with scallops, giant prawns and seafood tom yum. A really special way to end 2016. We then returned to the resort, put Jake to bed and then enjoyed a bottle of sparkling Wolf Blass to celebrate the new year. Not that we made midnight - we fell asleep around 10pm I think after a busy but perfect day.
Day Four - 2.1.17
After a more leisurely start to the day, we made our way by motorbike to Ao Kao Resort once more to enjoy their lovely beach. We treated ourselves to fruit smoothies, which were incredibly refreshing, and then an early lunch. Following that, we set off on one of our infamous kayak missions and made our way to a small island named Koh Rayang. Stunning!
As expected, Jake fell asleep on the crossing, handily resulting in Nadia being unable to paddle at all...We arrived at the island and placed the little man in a hammock under the coconut trees where he remained for a good thirty minutes or more. During that time, Nadia built up the courage to go snorkelling and I think she almost enjoyed it which was lovely to see. I also managed to fit in a short snorkel around part of the island. In parts it suddenly became incredibly deep, dropping off to well over 40 metres and more. It was here that I witnessed one of the largest shoals of fish that I had ever seen. Incredible! In my excitement, I think I must have dived way too deep and way too quickly and managed to cause a great deal of pain in one of my ears but it was well worth it! It was just a shame that I had no battery left in my camera to document this...
Jake finally woke up after quite a good sleep and was very interested in the dog, the white sand, the many different shells and mummy's sand castles! We all had a perfect time on the island but unfortunately the time came when we had to leave. We headed off in the kayak and the wind had picked up and the swell was coming straight towards us making paddling pretty difficult. We eventually made it back to Ao Kao Resort but I was exhausted after that mammoth expedition!
Day Five - 3.1.17
After a good sleep we decided to make the most of our last morning on Koh Mak so we went to Ao Kao Resort (yet again) and enjoyed their private beach and facilities! Swimming, fruit smoothies and an early lunch was a lovely way to spend our last bit of time here. We made our final journey on the knackered old moped back to the Cinnamon Art Resort, showered, gathered our luggage and made our way along the jetty to wait for the speedboat back to the mainland. We had an amazing time and much better than we initially thought we would have. Although we certainly wouldn't stay in the same resort again, we agreed that we would return to Koh Mak at some point in the future.