Thailand is one of my favorite travel destinations. The country has it all; Beautiful beaches, diverse rainforest and buzzing big city life. In the upcoming time I will share some of my favorite destinations in Thailand, starting of with beautiful holiday-island Koh Tao.
Island life at Koh Tao
We arrived at the island after traveling all night from Bangkok. Spending a night in an over-air-conditioned bus is no ones favorite way to travel, so we were exhausted when we finally arrived. The crystal clear water, the long, white sand beaches and the beauty of the landscape were exactly what we needed to forget all about our long night of traveling. Koh Tao is breathtakingly beautiful!
Basically, we didn’t know anything about Koh Tao before we went, as it was a pretty spontaneous trip. Our host at the hostel we stayed at in Bangkok had recommended us to go for scuba diving and told us, that if we wanted to get a diving certificate, this was the perfect place to do it as it is both cheap and there are plenty of things to see below the surface. So we bought a ticket and the next night we traveled to Koh Tao.
The combination of the lush, green island and the clear, turquoise water was literally one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was like walking into a tiny piece of paradise. It is the kind of place you want to visit if you want to experience complete relaxation and not having to stress to go anywhere since everything is within reach. Ah, so good!
Scuba diving in the ocean around Koh Tao
I quickly learned that scuba diving is not for me. I simply don’t feel comfortable under the water. So while Mr. Bosman was getting his certificate, I spend most of my time taking long walks at the beach, relaxing in the sun and eating amazing food. Which was not too bad either!
The instructor at the diving-school was really great. Obviously, he knew A LOT about diving and what animals and stuff you could see in the area, but he was also great at listening to me when I explained to him why I wanted to quit the course and even gave me different solutions. He really encouraged me to finish the course, since he said it would be a great experience for me. On the other hand, he agreed that it probably would be too dangerous to dive too deep if I felt as uncomfortable under the water as I did, so we found a compromise and I actually ended up doing the whole theoretical part of the dive course.
Nightlife at Koh Tao
At night all the divers and other tourists meet at the bars along the beach. There is a great atmosphere and we often stumbled upon different shows. One night we found some guys doing a dancing show with fire at the beach. They were very talented and I thought it was a fun thing to watch while enjoying drinks and snacks. When people do these kind of fire-dances I am always afraid they are going to burn themselves or in other ways get hurt. Luckily that did not happen.
Koh Tao in the news
One of the first things that come up, when you google Koh Tao is this article from the Independent, that gives you reasons why you should not visit Koh Tao. All of these reasons are very scary and I can’t believe all of that is going on at Koh Tao. Nonetheless, one has to be careful when traveling and always use one’s head!
I must emphasize that we didn’t experience anything scary or unpleasant while we were there and I hope that is the case for most tourists.
Do you also love Thailand’s islands?
Gonza from Journal of a Yogini shares her love for Koh Phangan on her blog. Read all about why that’s her favorite island, what to do at Koh Phangan and more importantly, what to eat on the island. Her photos are also amazing, so make sure to check them out.
Another post I think you should read if you love Thai islands is written by Heraa from HF tours, who has written about her experiences with renting a beach house in Laem Sor in Koh Samui.
Want to read even more about Thailand? Find it here.
Save this post for later by pinning it to your Pinterest board with this photo.