Planning a vacation but haven’t decided on a destination yet? You may want to consider Koh Tao if relaxing in the lap of nature is your idea of a perfect holiday. This is one of the many islands that can be found in the gulf of Thailand. It exuberates a charm of its own. Over the years, this island has grown to become a popular holiday destination. It has come a long way from being a lonely island with one a few hundred inhabitant housing over 160 resorts. Read on to find out why Koh Tao should make it on your “must visit” list.
Things to Do in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is an island that will definitely not leave you disappointed. Along with scenic beauty, it offers its visitors a plethora of activities to indulge in. These include scuba diving, boat sailing, fishing and other water sports.
In fact, this island is soon becoming the Mecca for game fishermen on a budget. The waters of Koh Tao host a variety of marine life, including sailfish, marlin, king mackerel, barracuda, cobia, trevally and snapper.
There are also many diving locations on the island. The warm water temperatures in Koh Tao facilitate diving and water sports throughout the year.
The sun kissed beaches of this island is perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon, basking in the sun and enjoying nature at its best. If not on the beach, you can pamper yourself with a great massage at one of the numerous spas or massage parlors the island houses
Most resorts offer top-class services including spa facilities, great food and travel desks. You can inquire for a travel guide to take you around the island so that you don’t miss out of the “must do” and “must see” of the island.
Apart from the beaches, Koh Tao also boasts of a wide range of local attractions like busy market places and restaurants that offer an authentic Thai experience.
Information about Koh Tao
Getting to Koh Tao is not very easy, a reason why this island continues to remain scarcely populated. There is only one route to get to this island. You need to first travel to Koh Samui and then take a ferry to Koh Tao. The regular ferry service is cheap. However, if you’re looking for a more comfortable alternative, you may want to consider hiring an air-conditioned ferry that offers more facilities. Koh Tao has no airport.
November is the best time to visit Koh Tao. The temperature is just right about this time of the year and resorts offer special discounts to lure customers and tourists. Having said that, you may want to book your accommodation well in advance to get the best deal.
To travel around the island, you can hire a taxi since there’s no public transport. Alternatively, you can also rent a scooter. In fact, this means of transport will be cheaper than hiring a taxi, if you plan on staying for more than a couple of days. Costs for hiring a scooter is approximately 200 Baht per day.
If you plan on indulging in high-risk sports like diving, remember to invest in travel insurance before going on your trip.
How to Get to Koh Tao
Koh Tao is an island, so the only way to get there is by a ferry. You can buy tickets for a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao online, at Ferry Samui.
John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand. He likes writing about Thailand and he writes not only about traveling in Thailand, but also about business, culture, education economy and food.