Getting to Koh Tao took us almost 24 hours including a night's stay at Koh Samui. By the time we arrived, my wife and I were so exhausted. Luckily, we made our bookings well in advance and were greeted by Som outside 7-11 near the Mae Haad main pier. The guest house was just a couple of minutes walk away and upon arrival, we met Philippe and daughter Ploy.
They were really nice and gave us plenty of advice and tips on food, things to do/avoid, etc. We even booked our return ferry tickets through Som...with a discount !!! The room was simply amazing...the queen bed very comfortable, the duvet blanket superb and the bath towels were top class. The airconditioned room also has an ensuite toilet, a big fridge, safety box, TV with loads of satellite channels, DVD player with loads of movies...we even had a 3-seater sofa. In our many years of travel, we would categorize Captain Nemo as the "Hilton/Westin" of budget hotels.
We wanted to enjoy massage and were introduced to Anong Massage just next door to Captain Nemo. The massage was excellent, prices only THB250-THB300....my wife and I had a massage almost every day. We did diving every day with Master Divers and they were also a few minutes walk from Captain Nemo. We loved First Som Tam (fresh papaya salad) and had that almost every dinner. Nearby BBQ was very nice and also the ala-carte Thai food. Pranee Kitchen just down the road was very nice too. We ate mainly Thai food and prices range from THB40-THB160 per serving. BBQ skewereed meat (pork & chicken) sold on the road side are only THB10 per stick. There was a stall by the road nearby Lomprayah pier that sold freshly made sandwiches (THB50-THB80)...really delicious and value for money.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Koh Tao, thanks to Captain Nemo. To Philippe, Som and Ploy...hontoni arigato gozaimasta. Thank you so much for giving us the "home away from home" experience. Captain Nemo will be our prefered choice at Mae Haad whenever we visit Koh Tao. Please keep up the incredible work you folks are doing. Until we meet again, take care and God bless all of you :) :) :) +++ Peter-Ikuko +++