Oh how quickly plans change! I’m looking at doing my PADI (new window) open water scuba diving qualification and it will cost around $250 USD pretty much anywhere in Thailand. It costs around $150 in Malaysia, so I think I’ll head down to Malaysia next. The $100 saving should cover my transport there and a few days accomodation.
However, as a first stop, I’m going to go in completely the wrong direction to Bangkok. I’m craving a bit of urban culture. Koh Lanta is very, very quiet, which is great, but it’s been about a week now, and it’s time to re-enter a more lively world. That and there are loads of places with free Wifi in Bangkok so I’ll be able to cyber-reconnect with the world.
The joy of backpacking, I can change my mind and leave the next day, no hassle!