Koh Tao's Beaches
Koh Tao is a small beautiful island on the western shore of Gulf of Thailand. The tiny island, which means ‘Turtle Island’ in Thai language, is part of the Chumphon Archipelago that also includes Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, the three islets of Koh Nang Yuan and about 40 islands which are part of Mu Ko Chumphon National Park. Koh Tao is located about 66 Km east off the coastline of Chumphon and 55 Km to north of Koh Samui, the main island of archipelago and world-famous tourist resort. The island covers an area of only 21 square kilometres characterized by stunning coasts dotted by pristine secluded bays, Ao in Thai, where lie amazing beaches, Haad or Hat in Thai, with fine white sand and polished granite boulders scattered along the shores and at their edges. Less developed of Koh Samui, in the early ‘80s the small island became a tourist destination for backpackers moved here from the nearby Koh Phangan, turning the quiet Koh Tao in the current tourist resort. In the present days the economy of the island is almost exclusively focused on Diving and Snorkelling tourism, this because the small island is amazing both above and below the sea surface. Every year enthusiastic divers come to Koh Tao more and more numerous, attracted by its calm crystal waters and nice shallow coral reefs. Since the main attraction of island is to dive its pristine beaches are often quiet and uncrowned, a great place to spend a day in truly paradise. Mae Haad is the most crowded beach of Koh Tao, as well as the place where the ferries and day-trip boats docks. It is highest developed area of island, with lots of resorts, shops, bars, restaurants, banks, internet cafe' and diving shops. The bay area is also home to the Mae Haad Walking Street, a traditional Thai market. There are lots of small paths, passable by scooter, around the island which lead to mostly of other bays and beaches, while just some are accessible only by boat. A few are private beaches and so you have to pay a small fee to access, obviously, only if you are not resident in the accommodation owner of beach. Koh Tao is connected to mainland, Samui and Koh Koh Pha Ngan with ferry and speedboat services throughout the year. All boats arrive and leave from Mae Haad Pier in Baan Mae Haad, the island's main village located on the west cost. For more information on timetable and fares please refer to the page: Koh Tao Ferries.Read More
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Ao Hin Wong
Located in north-east coast of Koh Tao, Ao Hin Wong is one of the most isolated bays in the island. Along the shore there are only two sets of bungalows, hence the very tiny sandy beach that lies in the bay is always quiet and uncrowded even in high season. In front of Ao Hin Wong is located the Hin Wong Pinnacle, a large rock formation that attracts the diving enthusiasts, and is a regular destination of some diving schools.Read More
Ao Laem Thian
Ao Laem Thian is a small isolated bay in the middle of Koh Tao's eastern coast. Reach the bay is not easy. You can approach it with the concrete road leading from Mae Haad to east coast, but the last part is a walk path through the lush vegetation, almost impracticable during the rainy season, so the best way to reach Ao Laem Thian is to use a longtail boat from Mae Haad. In the small and uncrowded bay is placed only one bungalow resort. The pristine white sandy beach is strewn with granite boulders and surrounded by a beautiful coral reef, where often are spotted small sharks and turtles.Read More
Ao Lang Khai
Ao Lang Khaai is a small rocky cove without beach on the eastern coast of island, just south the larger Ao Tanote. The entire edge of the bay is full of polished granite stones surrounding the crystalline waters, an ideal spot for snorkelers and divers, though during the monsoon season strong waves and currents make it one of most dangerous on Koh Tao. The bay hosts only a small bungalow resort placed directly on the sea.Read More
Ao Chalok Ban Khao is the large bay located in the extreme south of Koh Tao, right in front of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Smaller than Sairee, the bay hosts a large range of accommodations, shops, health clinics, restaurants and night bars, all located along its main beach in the centre of bay. The golden sandy beach is quite small and surrounded with shallow clear waters, as most of the beaches of Koh Tao. In addition to it the bay hosts other three stunning beaches, namely the private Freedom Beach and Taa Toh lagoon to the east, and Haad Saan Jao to the west. Long-tail boats are moored all around the bay waiting to tourists who want make boat day trip.Read More
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