After a few days on busy Ko Samui, Ko Tao offers a much more laid back vibe (and more reasonable prices). Ko Tao’s claim to fame is the world’s number two spot for certifying scuba divers after Cairns, Australia. If you’re looking to get your license, Ko Tao offers amazing deals, with 2 -4 day courses that include your accommodations as well. Get here in the off season (May-October) to get rock bottom prices.
If you’ve got a few extra baht to spare, or you’re at the end of your travels, this is the place to splurge on your accommodations. There are a good handful of bungalows right on the beach and for 1200 baht ($40 CAN) a night a room with a sunset view can be yours.
We head out for a dive on our second day to see what the hype here is all about. Our first site of the day, we choose just to snorkel, saving our baht for just one dive. Years of churning out divers has started to take its toll here. With a few dozen dive boats out at each site any given day, exhaust fumes and pollution have started to take hold. If you haven’t had much experience diving it is certainly a cheap place to do it, but like most things, you get what you pay for. Diving in both the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, and Indonesia offered a much more personalized experience and a lot less garbage.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a few days to spend in a hammock somewhere after your Thai massage, Ko Tao is not a bad place to do it.