Koh Tao is a small island of 21 km², located in the Gulf of Thailand. Along with Koh Phangan, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations amongst the backpackers. It has a rather benevolent climate and the monsoon lasts from November to January.
The main feature of this island is that it is the cheapest place in the world where you can get a diver’s certificate. Although everyone associates the island with scuba diving, Koh Tao offers a lot more – a splendid fauna and flora with its characteristic geckos, varans and orchids; unforgettable kayak excursions; bamboo tattoos; rock climbing; yoga classes with amazing views; awesome Latina parties or local barbecues.
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What To Do in Koh Tao
• Practice bouldering. Koh Tao has quite a few bouldering sectors, but one of the best is the Secret Garden, with blocks of different levels, palm trees, grass and shade in the afternoon.
• Snorkel with turtles and sharks in Shark Bay. You do not have to be a professional diver to practice snorkeling. It is simply breathing through a tube. The sensations you can get are incredible. At Shark Bay, shortly before sunrise, it is easy to swim with green turtles or blacktip sharks.
• Become a Muay Thai fighter. There is the Muay Thai Gym Koh Tao in the area of Chalok Baan Kao. The classes are in Spanish or English and it is really nice to take a small introduction to the national sport of Thailand, since you are there. Going on vacations doesn’t mean neglecting your body.
• Being a typical tourist: see temples and viewpoints.
– Buddhist temples and traditions are the most mystical part of the island. There is a Thai Buddhist temple near the port of Mae Hat, but one of the most curious places is the Burmese Pagoda. It is located it in the center of any map of the island. In Koh Tao there are a lot of Burmese immigrants. And of course they have built their own temples.
– There are dozens of viewpoints marked on the maps, but it is best to ask the locals. Find someone who will tell you their secrets. Where to admire the beauty of the island and see the turtles or where to see the sun dye the small Shark Island into orange.
• Beaches, beaches and more beaches. Another characteristic of Koh Tao are spectacular beaches. Chalok Baan Kao is one of the beaches with the best atmosphere. Aow Leuk, located on the west side, is the best one to take a few baths and hang out without getting too far from civilization. And Sai Nuan Beach, located on the other side of the island, is for those, who want to get away from everything and enjoy the sunset in a beautiful place.
Koh Tao Boat tour
4 Things NOT To Do
1. Rent a motorbike. If you do not feel very comfortable driving a motorbike, it is better to spend your days without it.
2. Visiting the island of Koh Nang Yuan during the high season. As such the place is amazing, with its sand tongue and turquoise waters… during the high season the island is a sandy tongue invaded by tourists, umbrellas, dive boats and its waters are full of people snorkeling.
3. Leave the island without trying to dive. Take an advantage of your stay on the island to obtain a certificate or at least do not leave the island without giving it a try.
4. Leave the island without getting to know the authentic Koh Tao. The least crowded part is located in the south-west area of the island. There you will find small beaches and super cheap wooden bungalows.
Koh Tao Best Attractions
How To Get To The Paradise
There are at least 3 airlines flying to Chumphon and from there they offer you the boat to Koh Tao in one package. You can also fly to Koh Samui Islandfrom Bangkok or Chiang Mai and from there go by boat for an hour and a half to Koh Tao. This would be the fastest and most expensive option.
To go by bus and boat (the cheapest option) you must first arrive at one of the two villages from where the boats depart to Koh Tao: Chumphon – the closest to Bangkok – and Suratthani – more suitable for Phuket or Krabi.
Another option is going from Bangkok by train to Chumphon and then taking a boat.
Koh Tao Looks like a paradise