Koh Tao (Thailand)

Koh Tao Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Island for divers (and those avoiding Koh Samui)

Koh Tao is an island in the Chumphon Archipelago (including others like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan) on the eastern shore of Thailand, and forms part of Surat Thani Province. It does not have its own airport, but can be reached in an under 2 hours ferry ride from Koh Samui.

Generally speaking, the differences between Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui can be summarised as follows (do note this is a gross over-generalisation, but well..): Koh Samui is for the Thai island first timers and for the luxury resort crowd. Koh Phangan is for the party-hardy backpacker crowd. Koh Tao then, the smallest of all three at 21km², is for divers and people looking to avoid the resort hell of Samui (and backpacker hell of Phangan?). That distinction with Samui is unfortunately slowly fading away, but for the time being, that's how it is.

So yes, here you will find turquoise waters, lush surroundings and secluded beaches. In-land you will find great terrain for a hike (you could for instance make your way to a secluded bay in the north of the island), and at night you will have no shortage of good food and lively bars. The main course here however, appears to be diving. There are many great diving locations around, featuring coral reefs, sharks, turtles, barracudas... Because of this there are also a great many dive instructors on the island, making Koh Tao an ideal place to give this new hobby of yours a start! [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Koh Tao is a region in Thailand. It is situated at an altitude of 0ft and the best airport to fly into is USM (Koh Samui, Koh Samui)
  • The main spoken language here is , and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB)

Koh Tao Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

4.8 1.5 2.1 3.3 6.8 4.6 5.7 6.6 5.6 10.8 18.2 7.4

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