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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao September 20th 2022

Koh Tao was not on our radar for this trip. From Ko Samui we had expected to return to the mainland and head south. We knew of Koh Tao because our good friends Andrea and Mark from Happy Days Travel Blog were supposed to go there to look after a hotel for a few months but Covid-19 got in the way and it never happened. We hadn't realised how close Koh Tao was to Ko Samui so we got in touch with Frank and Ai-mon at Sairee View Resort and they had a room available. That led to a quick change of plans and another booking with Lomprayah ferries. The catamaran called in at Ko Pha Ngan on the way but soon enough we were introducing ourselves to our new hosts as they collected us from ... read more
New friends
Sairee Beach
Sairee Beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao May 15th 2022

Koh Tao is a diving mecca famed throughout the world, and also known locally as Turtle Island. It's been a long held dream to visit this magical little island, and finally I have the opportunity to add Tao to my ever expanding list of places visited. There's a daily high speed ferry (and also a catamaran) that both zoom across to the island from Koh Phangan, with the sea journey completed in just an hour. The arrival at the pier proved to be a typically effortless Thai travel experience, where the resort had organised free transportation and I wasn't even aware I had booked the service! It's all part of travelling in this wonderful country, as the Thais really are here to help! Before you know it I was checked in to a lovely resort that ... read more
Turtle Island
Beach scene
Beach through the trees

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao January 6th 2020

Bangkok to Koh Tao by BUS and FERRY We have started our journey from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 13:40 (Thai Airways TG 322). Reached Bangkok at 17:10…...after immigration we went to Level 4 at the Suvarnabhumi airport, where you can get the cab cheap. Straightaway went to the bus stop at LOMPRAYAH, 154 Rumbuttri Rd., Banglumpoo, Bangkok 10200 (just beside Khaosan Road). There are other services but after doing some internet research we have opted for LOMPRAYAH. For online Bus-Ferry ticket you may visit Had a quick bite just opposite of the bus counter; bus started at 21:00. Bus reached at the Chumphon Pier very early in the morning and the Ferry started at ‘round 7:00 AM If you are seasick avoid sitting in the upper deck! We have arrived at our final destinatio ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao May 23rd 2019

De Jungle Party was best leuk. Tussen de bomen met een watervalletje en een vuurshow. Ik heb hier nog behoorlijk ingehouden met de alcohol, omdat ik anders de volgende dag niet zou overleven. Die begon namelijk met een feestje op de boot. We kregen hier een emmer mixdrankje gratis waar ik er later nog eentje van nam. Heel gezellig met veel mensen gepraat, ook die niet met de groepsreis mee waren. Tussendoor stopten we nog ergens om van de boot het water in te springen en te snorkelen. Toen kregen we een prima lunch om weer een bodempje op te bouwen. Na nog een stukje rondvaren gingen we weer terug naar het hostel voor nog een poging tot een dutje te doen (wat mij helaas niet lukte, nog te wakker zijn en een hard matras gaan ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao April 19th 2019

The train arrived at Chumphon early in the morning. I had to wait a few hours for the ferry. Luckily there was a stand nearby where they sold coffee and some fried dough that tasted like churros/oliebollen. a 65 year old man sat there in his bikers clothes, having his breakfast. He spoke very well english and told me how he traveled through different countries on his bike. When he isn't traveling, he rides his bike every morning through Chumphon and has his breakfast at the stand. It was very impressive. The bus finally arrived to take us to the pier. On the ferry, I sat on the deck to feel the breeze. I was instantly happy to see the sea again! The ferry took about 2 hours to get to the island. My next host ... read more
Blacktip shark
Enchanted by the ocean

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao June 7th 2018

Koh Tao is visited mostly for its exceeding reputation for scuba diving. We spent 3 days at Big Blue Diving school, completing our open water dive course. We didn’t actually see much of Koh Tao itself as we spent the duration of our time there learning to dive. However we stayed on a perfect beach with clear water and golden sand, with fire throwing and entertainment every night at the beach bars. Big Blue had been recommended to us as the best place to learn to dive, and it really was. Our instructor was a young Israeli lad called Yam who taught us in the most fun way possible, making us feel completely comfortable and confident. Once we’d got the basics, he had us doing backflips and tricks under water. We loved it. We did 4 ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 24th 2017

We have had such a great time on this beautiful island. The others swam with the sharks again this morning, the boys for over two hours. We swam in the pool and messed about on the beach. Then we packed our bags because tomorrow morning we leave here at 5.0am to catch the ferry to Don Sak. This afternoon the the weather changed. It is windy, the sea is rough and we have had a few spots of rain. We are hoping our ferry won't be cancelled because of rough seas. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 23rd 2017

George and Sam had the closest encounter with the sharks early this morning. Georgie said it's the first time he felt nervous as one of them was circling him. They hope to have some good photos. After breakfast we got a ride to the pier in town and hired a longtail boat and went right round the island. We had was such a fabulous day. The sea was rough for the first part and we got very wet indeed. We arrived at a group of three small islands that were so idealic except there were so my tourist there and it seemed they were all wearing orange life jackets. Most if them I think were Chinese. We walked along a spit of sand that joined two of the island and there were rows of deck chairs ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 22nd 2017

I hardly dare whisper this but the weather is perfect. Monsoon! What monsoon? Early this morning the others were out looking for sharks and I sat on the veranda with my pot if tea. Mollie came back after about an hour and said "I think that's enough swimming with sharks for now". We did laugh - how blase is that? We've had another lovely day pottering about swimming etc Included here some screen shots from the go pro ... read more
IMG_6804 Infinity pool

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 21st 2017

This morning I woke very early and the cove was mine. From the veranda I watched as, slowly, people came down to the beach for an early morning snorkel. There are never many people on the beach. The sea has white horses today but our little cove is quite calm. The boys went snorkeling early and came back thrilled to the core saying they had been surrounded by black tip sharks, the biggest one about 5 1/2 ft. They woke Mollie and went again and saw more sharks but not as many. I'm so pleased for them. After breakfast we went into town for supplies. It was to hot to spend too much time looking around so we came back and went to the other side of the peninsular to snorkel. It was so lovely and ... read more
IMG_6797 A Black Tip Shark
IMG_6577 Sam with early morning cupper

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