The legendary Thai ideal diving location
Ko Tao is a divers dream come true. With lot’s lots of different types of dives at all kind of levels there is something for every diver. This island is consistently gaining in popularity due to this fact. Ko Tao is one of the 3 popular islands often chosen by tourists, containing Koh Pha Ngan, Ko Samui and Ko Tao. Where would you decide to spend your Thailand time?
Why should I go?
The smallest island out of the 3 is a combination between the busy Ko Samui and the laid back Ko Pha Ngan. A major reason for people to go to this island is for the exquisite diving right off the shore with a chance to spot a whale shark, whereas with Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan you will often take a boat to dive around Ko Tao. After a long day of diving you can hit one of the bars for a good party.
How long should I stay?
The bare minimum if you quickly want to see the highlights would be 4 days but if you are looking to relax and enjoy the island I would suggest 1 to 2 weeks.
What activities can I do?
- Ang Thong National Marine Park
- Visit Rama V stone
- Hike up to one of the view points
- Rent a scooter to tour around the island
How do I get there?
- Fly from Bangkok airport or Phuket to Ko Samui airport, then take a Ferry to Ko Tao.
- A Combined bus/boat ticket that leaves from Bangkok. The Bus will take you to Chumphon and the Ferry will take you to Ko Tao.
- From Bangkok you can take a sleeper train to Chumphon, then afterwards you take the ferry to Ko Tao.
What is the best time to visit?
High season (late December, January, July and August)
Warm and sunny days (not as hot as in April and May) perfect for the beach. Sometimes it rains a little.
Shoulder season (February, March, April, May, June, September and early December)
Shoulder season is a good time to go to Ko Tao. Hotels are not as expensive as in High season. Most days are sunny perfect for the beach. April and May are the sunniest and driest months of the year. Bonus: It’s ‘whaleshark season’ which means you have a higher chance to spot a whale shark.
Low season (October/November)
During low season there is allot of rain. The rainforest will be lush and green and hotels drop in price. You still have a chance on sunny days.
Spend your Thailand time wisely!