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.
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.
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.
Meet people & have a blast on the Koh Tao pub crawl, visiting great bars, a pool party, ladyboy cabaret and beach fire-dancing show
Trekking through the Koh Tao jungle, cliff jumping from granite formations and snorkelling with sharks in the tropical ocean in an incredible half-day adventure
Daily Thai boxing training sessions by experienced trainers, and regular Muay Thai fight nights on Koh Tao
Multi activity tour around Koh Tao, Thailand, including options for snorkelling, rock climbing, cliff jumping, scuba diving, wakeboarding and zip lining
Daily dive tours for certified divers visiting all the best coral reefs, pinnacles and wreck diving sites around Koh Tao.
Incredible half day boat trip around Koh Tao, snorkelling off shark island, cliff jumping, visiting secluded beaches and bays
Learn advanced rock climbing techiniques on the granite cliffs of Koh Tao, Thailand, including sport lead climbing, anchoring and bouldering
Learn to scuba dive on Koh Tao with the 3-4 day PADI Open Water course. All inclusive package - dive course, equipment rental and accommodation.
Top rope climbing course for beginners and guided session, getting you climbing the granite cliffs of Koh Tao, Thailand
Try scuba diving with experienced PADI instructors, and explore the coral reefs of Koh Tao down to a max depth of 12M
Half day rock climbing program, scaling & abseiling Koh Tao's granite formations above dense jungle and panoramic views
Dive the best sites around Koh Tao, Thailand in small groups, with GoodTime Adventures speedboat scuba diving tours
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