About Koh Tao
Koh Tao means Turtle Island in Thai. A small island, which is a 90 minute boat ride north of Koh Samui, offers the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand. With clear waters and stunning bays, the underwater world is right on your doorstep. The island also boasts a vibrant nightlife with many bars, restaurants and parties.
Koh Tao has a tropical climate and is hot and sunny with occasional heavy rainfall. The heaviest rainfall occurs from the middle of October to the beginning of December. During the other 10 months of the year, the climate is excellent. Peak seasons are from January to April and from July to September.
You can hire bicycles, motorbikes or jeeps to travel around the island and to explore the many beaches. Among the many souvenir shops, you’ll find banks, ATM machines, a post office and small supermarkets. For any medical problems, there are several clinics staffed with professional personnel, including doctors.
When it comes to food and drink, you’re spoilt for choice. In recent years, Koh Tao has experienced an explosion of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are now 3 villages on the island – Sairee, Mae Haad, and Chalok. Sairee Village is the largest town and is just a 5 minute walk from the resort. Here you can find anything from cheap, delicious, street food to top-end restaurants.
Getting to Koh Tao
Koh Tao is serviced by ferries from the coastal towns of Suratthani, Chumpon, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Boat journey times vary due to the different boats used by the various ferry companies. All ferries dock at the main pier in Mae Haad, and it’s a short 5 minute taxi ride to the dive resort in Sairee Village.
We recommend three main ferries companies: Lomprayah, Seatran and Songserm. These companies also have joint bus/boat tickets, which will take you from Bangkok to Koh Tao in one package. Most of the tickets can be purchased at the pier before departure or if you are already on Koh Tao, you can purchase tickets in the Sairee Cottage reception. During busy periods such as ‘Full Moon’, we recommend that you purchase a ticket one or two days in advance.
For timetables and booking, here are the relevant websites:
Koh Tao has no airport. Anyone wishing to fly from Bangkok will need to fly to Koh Samui and then transfer over to a ferry such as the Lomprayah or Seatran. Please note that the Seatran pier is closer to the Koh Samui airport. Flights from Bangkok to Samui are operated by Bangkok Air and take one hour.
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