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Travel Information for Koh Tao - Thailand: Sun, beaches, palmtrees, PARADISE!

Koh Tao has white sandy beaches, turquoise sea, green mountains, and fascinating rock formations. This island has everything you could possible dream of when imagining a Tropical Paradise. Koh Tao means “Turtle Island' presumably named from the resident turtles that visit the islands many coral reefs and beaches.

Koh Tao is about 21 square kilometers, making it Thailand’s 20th biggest Island. At last count the population of Koh Tao was 650 residents. We should probably another hundred and a few hundred Burmese.

Dansk dykkerkursus i Thailand - Koh Tao med dansk instruktør til billig pris på Ban's Diving Resort

If you look at Koh Tao from East or West, you will see that the island has a small chain of mountain running from North to South. This means that there is always somewhere to hide from the wind no matter where it comes from. Therefore you never have trouble finding a terrific place to snorkel or dive in one of Koh Taos 10 beautiful bays. You will be doing your PADI dive course on Sairee Beach, at Bans Diving Resort, where you can enjoy the sunset from the restaurant or Bans bar, The Fishbowl.

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>> How to get to Koh Tao

Med fly
The quickest (and most expensive) way to get to Koh Tao is to fly from Bangkok’s new airport to Koh Samui. The company flying this route is called Bangkok Airways and has flights almost every hour. From Samui there are a many different boats to Koh Tao. If the weather is good and not too windy, we recommend the Lomprayah Catamaran (around 500 bath) which is about 1½ hours, but check the weather forecast because if it is wavy, this kind of transport is for strong sea legs only. Another option is the Songserm Express boat (about 300 bath) which leaves Nathon at 08:30 am every morning. That takes approximately 2½ hours. Besides these options there are slow boats, 4-6 hours that leave at different times, so it would be best to ask around. In Koh Samui there are many little agencies that can handle ticket reservations and arrange pick-up at your hotel or bungalow.

By train or bus from Bangkok
If flying doesn’t suit your budget, there are great bus and train connections. From Bangkok the easiest way would be via the harbor town Chumphon. If you are travelling from the south (Phuket, Krabi etc.) the easiest way is via Surat Thani The many little tourist agencies on Khao San Road offer “joint tickets” i.e. tickets that include transport to either of the harbor towns and the boat fare as well. The most pleasant way to travel is by sleeper train, but there are fewer departures and it is often completely booked, which makes this option a bit inflexible.

Dansk dykkerkursus i Thailand - Koh Tao med dansk instruktør til billig pris på Ban's Diving Resort

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