KOH TAO, THE TURTLE ISLAND
- Koh Tao lies in The Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea, on the eastern coast of the country.
- Approx. 600km from Bangkok, Koh Tao is easily accessible from all parts of Thailand.
- Just 80km from the port of Chumphon, 110km from Surat Thani and just 65km from Koh Samui.
- Neighbouring islands include Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Phangan and also Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Koh Tao, translating as Turtle Island was named this as the waters were once teemed with sea turtles however have since moved on to a new breeding ground to avoid travellers and tourists enjoying the beaches instead. The island is a little more than 21km in size.
Koh Tao is the smallest tropical island out of the three within the Gulf and is known for its incredible snorkelling and scuba diving due to its beautiful colourful coral reefs. Whale sharks and various other underwater creatures are often met by divers on a daily basis. With a rich jungle in the centre surrounded by remarkably quiet, palm tree laced beaches, various sport and underwater activities, picturesque white beaches, a vast amount of bars and restaurants to chose from, you won’t quite know where to start first!
Courses are run on a daily basis and you can start at any time but we advise you to book in advance to guarantee a place on the boat!
Have a nice and safe trip! And see you soon!
How To Get To Koh Tao Island
Bus and Boat: We have 2 offices located on Kao San Rd in Bangkok. Tickets can be arranged for you at our offices or made directly with the company, please make reservations at least a day in advance. To see a schedule of the prices, routes and times to and from Koh Tao visit the website www.lomprayah.com
Train and Boat: The State Railway of Thailand has daily departures to Chumphon and combined train and bus options can be purchased. The best train to take is the 2nd or 1st class sleeper trains which travel through the night. The express (EXP SP 85) train leaves at 19:15 from Bangkok and arrives in Chumphon around 5:00 am. Once is the Chumphon the boat leaves around 7:30 in the morning arriving at 10:30 on Koh Tao. Prices depend on classes, train reservations can also be booked at our office on Kao San Rd.
Airplane and Boat: If long hauls are not for you then I recommend flying to the island of Koh Samui and then taking a boat from there. Tickets can be purchased on-line from Bangkok Airways www.bangkokair.com There are daily departures from 6:00 to 19:40. If you would like to arrive on Koh Tao the same day that you leave Bangkok then make sure you take the flight that leaves at 10:10 or any earlier flights. There are 2 boats to Koh Tao daily one at 8:00 am and then the last ferry at 12 noon. Once at the Samui airport tickets can be purchased for the Lomprayah Catamaran or the Seatran Company, both boats are roughly a 2 hour journey. Tickets for both companies are 600 baht and they provide pick-up from the airport to the pier.
For planning your holiday and itinerary boat schedules can be found at www.lomprayah.com and airline tickets schedules at www.bangkokair.com. Both websites offer online booking.
From Krabi, Phuket, Phiphi: If coming from the south directly to Koh Tao then make your way to Surat Thani. From there a night boat leaves daily at 23:00 and arrives at 5:00 the following morning. Tickets are 500 baht. This ride is not particularly comfortable for all and another option would be to fly from Phuket to Koh Samui and then take the boat here
Koh tao best activities
Koh Tao is not only an excellent place in Thailand to spend your dive holiday, but also very attractive to get all PADI and SSI dive certificates. Everything for beginners and experienced scuba divers. Lifetime certificates valid all over the world at an unbelievable low price. Open Water, Advanced, EFR/Rescue diver, Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Professional Underwater Videographer and many other specialties as well as non diver programs such as Discover Scuba Diving. For certified divers, join our Fun Diver program.
Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls.Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control. Boulering by the sun, sand and blue water, Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is located north of its more famous sisters Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The bouldering on Koh Tao was first developed by Zen Gecko in 1996 which used to be the only climbing school on the island but closed down in 2006. A new venture called Good Time Adventures has established a number of routes on one rock complex on the island
MUAY THAI (THAI BOXING) :
Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand, is a combat sport similar to boxing and martial arts. However, Muay Thai uses the entire body, incorporating punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. It is immensely popular and stadiums and training gyms can be found on islands and in cities across the country. On Koh Tao there are two gyms and one stadium. Monsoon Gym and Island Muay Thai, which is attatched to the stadium. Each week there is a fight night at the stadium, where the warriors put their skills to the test against eachother. It’s an experience that can display an ancient part of Thaimand’s culture.
BOWLING & MINI GOLF :
Mini golf is just 150 baht for unlimited playing around the well thought out and fun course. Play seriously or play the spin-the-wheel fun version. The 18-hole course has a landmark theme – putt your ball through Stonehenge or across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is floodlit every evening too, so if you want a quieter night and a getaway from the party in Sairee this could be a good evening choice. Ko Tao Bowling & Mini Golf has several homemade bowling lanes where the employees reset the pins after every frame (300B per hour).
Flying Trapeze is an absolutely unforgettable experience. Anyone can do it no matter what your age or fitness level is. Flying trapeze is where the aerialist jumps from a platform with the trapeze and swings through the air, performing a trick and being caught by a catcher. Learn to Fly in paradise ! Beginners Flying Trapeze classes are open to everyone, no aerial experience is required as beginners will be in safety lines. For those who have flown before, we will work on increasing your skill perfecting your take off and improving the technique you use in your tricks while in the air. Absolute beginners with no experience are welcome but you must be comfortable climbing a ladder and working at height and you must be capable of supporting your own weight hanging by hands from a bar.
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. Thousands of athletes worldwide have distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes through Crossfit.
Koh Tao boasts some excellent short hikes across the island. Reach the top of tough hills and view your reward of a beautiful oasis before continuing to secluded beaches and relaxing in paradise. Training for Hiking, Trekking and Backpacking is usually going to involve a combination of training for specific fitness qualities, doing sport specific outings and practicing sport required skill elements. There are five major fitness qualities your general training should focus on for Hiking, Trekking and Backpacking. Those qualities are:
- Aerobic Endurance
- Anaerobic Endurance
- Upper Body Strength
- Lower Body Strength
All those qualities are needed in Freediving as well, some of our Freediving training in Koh Tao includes hikes.
Yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up — all at the same time. Between work, home and all of the demands and stresses in between, it’s easy to lose touch with who we are, that core essence with which we were born. Rushing around all day it sometimes feels like the “I” inside is simply the result of the things we do all day — or the effects those things have on our minds, bodies and spirits. Yoga gives us control of ourselves. It helps cut through the layers of mis-identities that arise in response to our actions, experiences and feelings. It calms the frenzy, clears the clutter and allows us to get back in touch with ourselves.
Learn to create authentic delicious Thai meals with a Thai cooking class. The sounds, sights, smells and tastes found in the typical Thai market are emblematic of everyday life in Thailand, and they shape the contours of Thai cuisine.To fully understandand appreciate Thai cuisine it’s important to become familiar with the various raw ingredients in their natural state, to observe Thai people relating to them in a market setting,and to study and practice traditional Thai methods of food preparation. This means doing a little more work than one may used to in Western countries, or even in modern Thailand, where it’s now relatively easy to find modern supermarkets complete with ready-to-use curry pastes and other ingredients. The total experience provided creates greater appreciation of both Thai people and food.