Koh Tao- The Diving Island

Koh Tao is beautiful. It is one of my favourite places I visited not only in Thailand, but on my whole South East Asia Trip. Koh Tao is located north of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, and is the smallest of the islands. It is the main spot in Thailand for snorkelling and scuba diving, and has therefore earned its nickname “The Diving Island”. 

Sairee Beach is the main area for backpackers in Koh Tao, and whilst it’s small there’s still plenty to do. Koh Tao is great for nightlife and the Koh Tao Bar Crawl is quite famous amongst backpackers and tourists, I saw many people walking around in their bar crawl tops in various places in Asia. You’re pretty much guaranteed a fun night out as loads of people get together and visit the best bars, a pool party, and even a Ladyboy cabaret show. 

 
During the day, Sairee Beach is a great place to hang out as the ocean is warm, clear and beautiful, there is a relaxed vibe, and it’s the perfect beach environment. 

   

  
 
Not only is Sairee Beach beautiful, but a short taxi boat ride away is the breathtaking island of Nang Yuan. Nang Yuan is where everyone takes these amazing pictures from the viewpoint, and the view is the epitome of Thailand’s natural beauty. Be warned though, in order to get these pictures you have to climb a lot of very steep stairs, and then once you get to the top and you think it’s over, it’s not. There are massive boulders and you have to do a fair bit of rock climbing and holding on for dear life to get into the perfect position for this photo. Not for the feint hearted but well worth it! 

  
 
Nang Yuang is one of the hotspots for snorkelling and scuba diving as it’s home to some amazing fish and sea creatures. I went snorkelling a few times in Thailand and Nang Yuan was definitely the best. Unfortunately, I didn’t get many decent pictures of the fish, but here’s me and a friend posing for the camera whilst underwater. ??

 

 I did also try scuba diving but I have to say it wasn’t for me. I’ve never had any problems with water or claustrophobia or anything like that, but for some reason as I went below the surface my breaths were getting faster and faster until I made myself panic and wanted to come back to the top. It was an experience and I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be doing it again! 

  

To summerise, Koh Tao is one of the best places I’ve been and if you get the chance you should definitely spend some time there. 

Gemma

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