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Ko Tao: help me make up my mind!

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1. Posted by thepeoples (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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Has anyone been to Ko Tao? Is it worthwhile as well as or instead of Ko samui?

Really want to go there to experience the diving. Is it hard to get to and nice to stay on?

2. Posted by Eefs (Budding Member 77 posts) 9y

We found a breast implant on the beach in koh tao......Spent the rest of our time in the bars and restaurants (we had just come from deserted malaysia). Was much better than samui tho. We stayed in cheweng one night and got the hell out of there. Pity we didnt have enough time t explore though as our drive through the island to get the boat was beautiful, lots of hidden magical beaches. My favourite was koh phan ngan. Surprisingly we found the quietest most secluded bay and could have stayed there getting massages on the beach for months!

3. Posted by thepeoples (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Im guessing the implant find was a bad thing!

Why did you get the hell out of cheweng?

Koh Pha ngan over Ko tao?

4. Posted by Eefs (Budding Member 77 posts) 9y

cheweng is wall to wall sunloungers on the beach, several types of techno music mixing from various bars, loads of jetskis ruining the water, drunken louts prstitutes. Half an hour there gave us a headache. Saying that some friends from home (boys) we were meetngloved it and spent a fortune. Maybe its just not a place forthe girls.

Definitely phan ngan over koh tao (and no the boob wasnt a good thind). I rained mostly when we were in tao but lots of other people reported back glowingly about the place so I wouldnt rule it out. We were spoiled with diving in a group of 2 in malaysia before we gpo there so didnt bother going on the massive dives in tao

5. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 9y

I went to koh tao and it was amazing, great atmostphere, great diving, really asy to get to on the boat just turn up and buy a ticket. Pleqase avoid koh samui its a complete dive these days its way to developed and its ruined the place, the beach there are covered in rubbish. This is from the thia people by the way not the tourists. the thai's mainly fishermen etc dont understand rubbish will ruin the sea.

But yea definatly with out a doubt head to koh tao, not samui

6. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

not samui...
pang gang to Tao....if have time. If not and diving is your go then tao.

7. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

Koh Tao is far better if diving is what your after. Close to the reefs, very nice.

Randy and Ning

8. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y

I preferred Koh Tao but the second time I stopped there was just before a full moon party so there were quite allot of noisy partypeople stopping for a PADI course, which kinda spoiled it for me a little bit.

It is still my favorite of the 3 islands though.

It`s easy to get to, I always took the Lomprayah catamaran that goes from Koh Samui to Chumphon and back.
(There might be another company that goes from Surat Thani to Koh Tao and back but don`t take my word for it)

Anyway, I guess it also depends on when you are going. I was there about a week ago and it looked like the wet season was coming in a bit early. Before I left it rained for 5 days straight and it seriously poured down almost every minute of the day and there was hardly a ray of sun during these days.
They expected it to last 5 more days at least so I guess if your trip is coming up soon you might not want to take your chances on getting one of those rain stretches.