Ko Tao is an island in Thailand. It forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It includes an area of about 21 km². Administratively it forms a district (amphoe) of Surat Thani Province. The economy of the island is practically specifically depends on tourism, especially scuba diving.
Tourism in Ko Tao
The island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering. The most famous spot for tourists is Sairee on the west coast, which has a white sandy beach, This beach is a scattering of medium budget resorts and restaurants. Many great granite boulders, both in the forests and on the beaches of Ko Tao, attract a growing number of climbers.
Ko Tao is less develop than Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, but has become progressively popular. For the past two years the demographics of the island has seen an age increase, with many of the visitors who first visited the island over ten years ago are now returning with their families.
Transportation in Ko Tao
Motorbikes are the main form of transport, however visitors are advised to drive carefully.
Note :- Tourists are advised not to give their passports when renting scooters and motorbikes as they may be taken advantage of when returning bikes and being forced to pay for non-existing or grossly exaggerated damages to the rented scooters and motorbikes.
Surat Thani : 4 hours day boat, 9 hours on overnight boat
Chumphon : 1.5–3 hours
Ko Samui : approximately 2.5 hours
Ko Pha Ngan : approximately 1.5-2 hour
Ko Tao has no airport, but connections to high speed catamarans and ferries are available at 3 airports.
Chumphon Airport (CJM)
Ko Samui Airport (USM)
Surat Thani Airport (URT)
Train services are available to Chumphon where travelers can then catch a ferry.
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