In the streets of Kho Tao there are a sect of traveling shadow-puppeteers who entertain the people of the island (not the tourists) with stories taken from Thai folklore. They are a delight to watch, intricate in their design and execution. The children gathered around were giggling and having a grand ole time. I of course could not understand a word of it, but the atmosphere was essential Thailand.
Please, Please do not put toilet paper etc in the toilet. There is always a bin provided. Thai plumbing cannot cope and the toilet blocks. Which means that the toilet cannot be used until it is unblocked. This applies to most places in Thailand, but I came across a lot of toilet paper in the toilet in Ko Tao.
Don't do it.
Now, I'm used to taking off my shoes when entering other people's houses in China because mainly they have wooden floors and don't want them to get ruined and of course it is less sweeping they need to do after you have left! But in Thailand, it's a whole different ball game! In Thailand it is out of respect that they take off their shoes and I just love the idea! I love it because it feels so good to walk bare foot on wooden and marble floors! And of course, every floor is so clean that you don't mind walking shoeless! I also think that we shouldn't have to live in countries where it gets cold and you need to wear socks and shoes..I'm all for walking in flip flops from now on! It was so liberating!!! So just remember, take off your shoes before entering places and in case you forget, the numerous pairs of flip flops outside restaurants and bars should give you a hint!