Koh Tao

Koh Tao Resorts, Beaches, Ferry & more.

Diving at Koh Tao

is probably the reason for traveling to the island. The island is rather a scuba diving destination with pretty beaches and great Koh Tao resorts. A remote pristine island in the gulf of Thailand north of Koh Samui and east of Chumphon, the Koh Tao ferry starts at Chumphon. The information here is about this southern Thailand island, scuba diving, beaches and resulting into a great Thailand dream vacation destination, a rather calm vacation. It could be all inclusive vacation, tropical vacation or maybe honeymoon vacation on a great beach, but most tourists do scuba diving and say hello to the fish.

Calm and no entertainment, sleep your time through on the beach or elsewhere or do it like most, go scuba diving and say hello to the fish, they cant say hello to you but they pretend to ignore you anyway since they are to busy to search for food between they colorful corals. Some of the multicolored fish do it the easy way, they just eat the other fish. Its a hit and swim business down there. A Koh Tao beach is usually just around thecorner and Koh Tao weather is good throughout the year, the exception is the end of October and beginning of November.

If you want to go diving in Koh Tao just take a hotel, almost all Koh Tao hotel have offer dive classes and PADI courses and certification. When you book your trip be aware that most accommodation is only available if you also go on scuba diving trip with them, they offer this as a package. The name means ‘Turtle Island’, and that also means that there sea turtles to watch around the shores. In this part of the Gulf of Thailand there are 3 islands, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and the smallest is Koh Tao.

Visiting Thailand is a great experience if you are a scuba diver and want to become one there are several places in southern Thailand to travel to, one of them is here which translates to ‘turtle island’. Other islands to travel could be Phuket, Similan Islands, Phi Phi, Trang Archiplago, Ko Tarutao and more.

Koh Tao
Koh Tao

The Koh Tao ferry leaves from Chumphon

where the train and bus from Bangkok stops. The island is about 21sqkm and accommodation is often bound to diving lessons or scuba trips many hotels throw in accommodation and scuba diving as part of the package.

Koh Tao is one of the best places in the world to learn scuba diving and also one of the cheapest in tandem. With no currents and sheltered bays, it’s the perfect place to learn scuba diving in the warm tropical waters of the gulf of Thailand, the Ko Tao ferry takes only about 2 hours.

Koh Tao rock climbing, jungle trekking or just lazing at sandy beaches is at your virtual fingertips. The nightlife is concentrated at Sairee beach, but to have a quiet meal a few drinks, great restaurants etc . is possible everywhere on the island.

Getting around at Koh Tao is best by motorbike/scooter hire, but this is dangerous anyway, Thailand has some of the highest rates of road accidents in the world and at the top are accidents with small motorbikes and scooters.

Koh Tao Resorts
Koh Tao Resorts
Koh Tao Resorts Beach
Koh Tao Resorts Beach at Charm Churee Villa

Koh Tao resorts are on a little piece of earth, granite, limestone, beaches and a lush tropical vegetation in the Gulf of Thailand, off the east coast of southern Thailand. The island has a similar past as Ko Tarutao both where places where political prisoners were jailed. These days it’s a gorgeous island preferred by scuba diving enthusiasts and others who want to take scuba diving lessons to learn how to discover the deep blue. A rocky coastline with palm fringed beaches and great Koh Tao resorts.

Diving in Koh Tao is excellent and the island has the highest concentration of dive schools in Asia. The Gulf of Thailand around Koh Tao is an excellent place to learn to dive since minimal currents, excellent visibility and a rich underwater life with myriads of exotic fishes and corals which makes scuba Koh Tao real special.

Diving in Koh Tao
Diving in Koh Tao
Scuba Koh Tao
Scuba Koh Tao

There is no airport on the island

means a train or bus, usually from Bangkok, is needed, several buses and trains leave Bangkok every day. A Phuket Koh Tao trip by bus to Chumphon and by the ferry to this Thailand island could also be made easily. Travel there is best by bus, don’t use the train, the train is extremely slow , the bus faster and brings you right to the ferry pier prices are also not much different. A speedboat from the pier bring the traveler to island. There are plenty of beach resorts, beach bungalows, cottages and other. Sairee beach is the most popular and has also .some nightlife but its not like Patong beach.

There are also other events at the island such as, 750 divers had gathered at Koh Tao some time ago, from Thailand and other countries to participate at the biggest mass dive breaking the record previously achieved in Australia two years ago when 590 participated at a similar event.