Let me explain why I’m writing this semi-hyperbolic blog post about Koh Tao.
You may have read recently in the news that the two Burmese migrants accused of killing two British backpackers last year have recently gone on trial in Koh Samui.
This case was rare, shocking and played out in the media. What followed was a small slump in tourism and concern amongst those a little less travelled & a little more cautious. I don’t mean that in a patronising way, but…..you know the type right?
I wasn’t there during the murder last November; I had recently left the island, but I came back as planned a few months later, and now live here. Since I’ve been living here, the familiar questions about how ‘safe’ Koh Tao is have dropped as, well, neither Oli or I have had any issues to speak of, and I guess with news stories, it’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
But with the current trial, and Koh Tao being in the mainstream news (The Guardian!) once more, I wanted to write something that someone like me would relate to. A handy little fact sheet you could read off to your mum and dad if you got any resistance…..or to your best friend when you tell them you are quitting your job to sell sarongs to tourists in Koh Tao.
Koh Tao is a TINY island, and you can explore it easily in two weeks.
Seriously, it’s teeny weeny. It takes 10 minutes to drive from where we live in Sairee to Chalok in the South…..that’s over half the island covered in one short trip!
Koh Tao is the PERFECT place to get wet.
I know, I know….I couldn’t help that one. The diving her on Koh Tao is popular for a reason; warm water, nice marine life (including turtles and whale sharks!) and minimal currents. If you just wanna snorkel, or cool your butt in the sea – it’s great for that too.
Koh Tao is a true ‘activities island’.
Whilst diving is what it’s known for, there is so much more to do! Trapeze school, rock climbing, snorkelling, hiking, oh my! The only thing I miss here is a cinema 🙁
Koh Tao is a community, and you should never feel scared or worried about coming here.
Seriously, we have a community group on Facebook! The amazing Koh Tao Rescue (we don’t have a hospital here) do a solid job of keeping the community in the loop. Once, a tourist went ‘missing’ for 24 hours – her mum contacted KT rescue on Facebook and we found her in less than an hour! She was fine by the way, just partied a bit too hard and forgot to let her mum know she had arrived safely…doh.
For a teeny weeny island, Koh Tao still has some unexplored parts.
I’m not about to tell you about them here…….sorry, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!
You can book return flights to Bangkok through SkyScanner for as little as £450 and getting to Koh Tao is super easy – grab yourself a bus/ferry or train/ferry combo or fly to Koh Samui and grab a short ferry from there.
Where are you going on your next holiday? Is Koh Tao on the list? If not, why not?