Koh Tao, Thailand
Scuba diving, PADI dive courses, rock climbing & more.

Whale shark in Koh Tao, Thailand
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Koh Tao

Koh Tao (which translates as Turtle Island), is a small tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. Only seven kilometers long the island is surrounded by tropical coral reefs, deep sea pinnacles and sunken ship wrecks

Naturally this makes Koh Tao a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. But diving isn’t the only activity on Koh Tao. Many other adventurous pursuits including rock climbing, Muay Thai training and sailing are gaining popularity.

Despite Koh Tao's small size the island has lively nightlife, many inexpensive places to stay and a good selection of restaurants so it’s an easy place to enjoy some island-style living.

Getting to Koh Tao

Most visitors enter Thailand via the capital, Bangkok. From Bangkok to Koh Tao there are several options:

Budget: A company called Lomprayah operate a joint coach and catamaran service from Bangkok’s famous Khao San Road. An air conditioned coach departs twice daily, driving for about 6 hours to connect with a high speed catamaran which takes you direct to Koh Tao. See http://www.lomprayah.com

Flight: If long bus journeys aren’t your thing you can catch domestic flights from Bangkok to Suratthani, Samui or Chumphon. Operators include bangkokair.com, nokair.com and solarair.co.th. Following the flight you’ll be able to connect with the Lomprayah catamaran to Koh Tao.

From elsewhere: Ferries serving Koh Tao depart from Suratthani, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Chumphon. See http://www.lomprayah.com or http://www.seatrandiscovery.com for timetable information. Travelling overland, you’re best to catch a bus or train to Chumphon if coming from the north or Suratthani if travelling up from the South.

Climate and Best Months to Visit Koh Tao

Being sheltered in the Gulf of Thailand Koh Tao is enjoyable for most of the year. Temperatures generally fall between 25 – 35C, with hottest temperatures reached around April.

The exception is monsoon season which normally hits during November. This means a couple of weeks of strong winds and heavy rain, so best avoided if you have a choice.

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