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Ko Tao

Ko Tao, Turtle Island in Thai, is in many ways the third rock from the mainland, or mainstream.  After the hustle and bustle of Ko Samui, and the parties and beach bums of Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao rests quietly in the Gulf awaiting the more serious adventurers wanting to get away from it all, and more than anything else: dive, and explore the fantastic world under the sea. Ko Tao was put on the map by divers for divers.

In recent years, however, word has gotten out of the island’s beauty and tropical lifestyle, thereby attracting more and more visitors, yet still very few compared to her bigger sister islands.Accommodation has increased, especially budget lodging, as have the number of activities available to enjoy, and places to eat.

Now, in addition to learning to dive, or enjoying professional diving, or even underwater videography, visitors can learn to cook Thai food, box Thai style, learn yoga or massage, go rock climbing, play golf, or even bowl a few games.The island is a great budget getaway with something for everyone.