Koh Tao, Golfo de Tailandia
Koh Tao or 'Turtle Island' is the smallest of the three tourist resort islands on the southernmost cost of the Gulf of Thailand and it is different from other coastal resorts as it specializes in scuba diving. It boasts numerous diving sites to enjoy its rich sea beds and underwater life.
It houses a beautiful beach called Nang Yuan (small photo below right) but it can only be reached by sea, renting a long tail boat.
There are air-conditioned buses from Bangkok to Chumphon and Bangkok to Surat Thani at Southbound Bus Terminal in Borommaratchachonnani road.
Check the possibility of a combined ticket, a good option.
From the pier, you can board the catamaran.
FERRY & CATAMARAN CONNECTIONS
There is also the option of flying from Bangkok to the nearby island of Koh Samui and then taking a ferry to Koh Tao.
Tourism is the main pillar of the island’s economy and its population has grown alongside the beaches and the port. The main beaches are Sairee on the west coast of the island and Chalok Baan Khao Bay in the south.
Along with the service companies specializing in water activities such as scuba diving, free diving or snorkelling, you will find a wide and varied range of establishments catering for all your requirements in terms of leisure activities, accommodation and restaurants.
The island has a very hilly relief and if you stray just a few metres from the main road running north to south, the paths inevitably become very steep.
The most usual means of transport to get around the island is a scooter, although the best vehicle for this type of mountainous terrain is a quad bike and it is safer too, especially in the rainy season.
If you decide to rent a vehicle don’t forget to check the tyre tread and test the rear brakes before clinching the deal.
Although the monsoon season begins in May and ends in December, Koh Tao has its own microclimate that is different to that of the other two islands, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui, making it an ideal place to visit from January to August.
The driest month is March.