Exploring serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao – meaning ‘Turtle Island’ which takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. The island’s natural beauty both above and below the water. Surrounded by the crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches with the stunning vibrant coral reefs, home to a wide range of colorful sea creatures, brings thousands of visitors here each year making it an unforgettable destination.
Koh Tao is located on the east side of the Surat Thani coastline with two neighboring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The area is 21 km² or only 3.4 kilometers at its widest and is 7.6 kilometers long. The island is consistently gaining in popularity and going more upscale as one of Thailand’s most popular islands, especially for divers and snorkelers. Famously known for being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand and is now one of the leading centers for dive education in the world.
Distancing from civilization while still being relatively easily reached, it is the idyllic tropical island paradise. Provide a varied selection of hotels, from budget guesthouses and beach bungalows all the way up to five-star luxury resorts to match all your budget. Tons of great bars and lots of activities for you to try besides scuba diving.
There are several things to do on Koh Tao which is snorkeling cruise, play mini-golf, take a hike to several viewpoints, rock climbing, rent a kayak, train in Muay Thai, watch a famous fire show, join a thai cooking class, beach party and many more for you to explore. If you want to experience everything without rushing, you should better plan to spend about a week on the island.
How to get to Koh Tao
The only way of getting here is by boat, there is no airport, and no bus or train stations on Koh Tao, which is why the journey takes a bit longer. By airplane you could fly to Bangkok, Surat Thani, or Koh Samui to cover most of the route or fly directly to Chumphon. From these airports, you can hop on a taxi to the train station and head towards a boat to the islands.
By Train, you can take the overnight train from Bangkok to Chumphon and catch the early morning ferry straight to Koh Tao. By bus, you can catch a bus directly from Khao San Road to Chumphon with a connecting ferry service to Koh Tao. Lomprayah offers this service and it is a combined ticket that includes both bus and ferry.