When you go to Koh Tao, you must first know that he is a little bit bigger than the map of Thailand. Speaking of the location of Koh Tao’s address, you need to know where it is in Thailand first… Then, Koh Tao (Rice Island) is in:-Bangkok (Bangkok): 700KM to the south (such as pressing VIP BUS to BOAT to Inao Island, including transit The rest time is generally considered to be 8-16 hours. For example, if you transfer to BOAT, you can reach Inao Island in about 6 hours; Chumporn: 70 nautical miles to the east (from here to Inao Island, 2 hours by fast boat, 3 hours by slow boat); Koh Sumai: 45KM to the north (1 hour and 30 minutes to Inashima); Koh Phangan: 20KM to the north (to Inashima by boat) 1 hour).
In the past 10 years, this Turtle Island quickly spread throughout the world with its natural beauty, especially the various underwater creatures and colorful and colorful coral reefs, and it quickly became a major in Thailand. A famous tourist resource, the largest and most famous diving training center in Southeast Asia, there are many international diving organizations stationed here. It is a paradise for diving enthusiasts, attracting beginners and experienced personnel with common hobbies to explore and learn.
Due to relatively low diving training prices, Koh Tao has become the largest diving training center in Southeast Asia. There are many international diving organizations and it is known as a paradise for diving enthusiasts. 60% of all diving certificates in Thailand are issued from here. Since it is the largest diving training center in Southeast Asia, there are of course many diving schools gathered. PADI, SSI, CMAS, TDA, BSAC and other international diving training institutions have agency training institutions on the island. The specific training content and certification process are represented by each diving school. Basically, as long as it is an authorized training school, the training content is the same, but the level of each diving school may be different. Take PADI as an example, PADI Gold Palm is The most advanced training institution, PADI 5-Star IDC Center.
The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea, about 85 kilometers northwest of Phuket, Thailand. There are nine islands in all; each group of three is arranged in three groups. The islands in this area have long been listed by the Thai government as a national marine protection park, and there are management offices on the fourth island and the eighth island to supervise the activities of the islands. In particular, the Thai Navy is responsible for installing buoys at various dive sites and anchoring areas for the suspension of ships. Since then, anchors are not allowed to be dropped at will to avoid damage to corals and other creatures.
Similan diving is mainly based on liveaboard diving trips, which are highly mobile and can fully appreciate the characteristics of each dive site. The underwater landscape of Similan is composed of huge granite and rich corals, which has a completely different experience from other dive sites. The main dive sites are: Elephant Head Rock. The submarine hills are continuous, like Shushan. Chrismas Point Christmas Corner, Fantasy Reef Wonderland Reef, Eagle Ray Rock’s rays, Eden Garden is the only drop off in Similan, Great Wall is magnificent, Richelieu Rock may be the best place to watch whale sharks in the world, from October to Whale sharks can be seen almost in May. There are also the famous Leopard Shark Leopard Shark, the Guitar Shark that resembles a ray and a shark, etc., which are surprising and unforgettable.
From November to April of the following year is the best season in Similan, at this time it is sunny almost every day. During the period from May to October, due to the influence of the southern monsoon, the Anterman sea area will be relatively heavy and rainy. Many shipping companies will close at this time. Whale sharks and manta rays may also be seen from February to April.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the third largest island in the country, covering an area of 247 square kilometers, about 80 kilometers from the mainland, and surrounded by 80 large and small islands, but most of them are uninhabited. The earliest inhabitants of Koh Samui were Chinese who settled here from Hainan 150 years ago and have grown coconuts for generations. So far, the coconut palm industry is still one of the important sources of income on the island, and about 2 million coconuts are shipped to Bangkok every month. Samui also won the reputation of “Coconut Grove Island”.
As a world-class seaside resort, there are many types of water sports on Koh Samui. You can dive, snorkel, kayak, paddle and even sail out to sea. There are no good dive sites near Koh Samui. The better dive sites are near Koh Tao. However, Koh Tao can provide a series of convenient accommodations and short trips to Koh Tao.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest and only island in its own right.
Patong Beach Patong Beach: Located 15 kilometers southwest of the city of Phong, it is the most important attraction in Phuket. The beach is 4 kilometers long, with calm waves, soft sand and quiet seas. It is one of the best diving areas in Asia.
Kata Beach Kata Beach: The scale of Kata Beach is much smaller than Patong and Karon, but it has 2 beautiful bays with a W-shaped appearance. The two beaches are nicknamed “Big Kata” and “Little Kata” by locals. From Phuket, various diving trips are planned, and the trip time is from half a day to ten days. The nearest diving area is located near the west coast, with many types of tropical marine life, where you can explore soft and firm coral reefs. Diving to a depth of 35 meters has a good close-up photo opportunity
Coral Island: The Coral Island has beautiful scenery, surrounded by various colorful coral reefs, and is the best choice for various water sports. There are many diving enthusiasts and parachute enthusiasts everywhere here, as well as more people who come here to enjoy the sunshine. It is particularly suitable for diving, and there are also “sea walking” and elephant rides.
Koh Chang is an island 400 kilometers away from the east of Bangkok. It is the second largest island in Thailand. It was developed later than Pattaya, Phuket and Samui. If an island has an airport, it will lose the tranquility and nature that the island should have, and the thinking of the locals will deteriorate and no longer be pure. Just like the popularity of Popular Island and Ko Samui more than ten years ago, and the simplicity of the locals on Samui, food and accommodation are very cheap. Back then, a large lobster was sold for one hundred baht, and a room was only one hundred and five. When buying things from the islanders, they would be shy and would not deceive tourists. Koh Chang does not yet have an airport, so the people here are solid, friendly and helpful.
Diving season: June-September
The most suitable month: May-December
Dive sites: Hin Luk Bat, Koh Klum, Hin Rap, Koh Wal, Koh Kra, Koh Rang, Thonburi Wreck, Koh Mai see Lex
Krabi is located at the southern end of Phang Nga Bay in the west of Thailand. It is one of the most scenic areas in Thailand. It is the gateway to the beautiful coast with many cliffs. These paradise beaches and islands include Laem Phra Nang, Koh Lanta and The world-famous Phi Phi island. Krabi Town is the center of this area and the scenery is very beautiful. If you don’t want to go to the overcrowded islands of Phuket and Phiphi, this must be the place for you.
This area includes 7 main islands, Koh Poda, Koh Ha, Koh Si, Koh Yawabon, Koh Dor, Koh Talu, G.K. Island and Koh Yawasam. Diving in this area you can find at least 200 species of fish and more than 80 species of corals. The best diving time is from November to April of the following year. From the end of May, the typhoon weather on the west coast of Thailand will reduce the visibility of this area, such as 20% near Ao Nang. There will also be heavy rains in this area in October.
Diving near Pattaya will give you endless aftertastes. The most fascinating thing is to dive in the island on the edge of the coral. The most prominent corals here are hard corals, some soft corals and a few spongy corals. The average temperature in the sea every year is around 29 degrees Celsius (from 27 degrees in winter to 31 degrees in summer), so there is no need for a wet suit. There are enough stretch jackets for most divers. This also makes it an ideal destination for snorkeling. Diving sites are usually relatively shallow, ranging from 5 meters to 20 meters. There are some interesting shipwrecks in this place, and we can also enjoy diving here.
There is a diving area with a depth of 50 meters that is suitable for TEC deep diving and mixed gas training. There are no beaches for deep diving and snorkeling around the city of Pattaya, but there are many diving sites in some islands that are easily accessible by boat from Pattaya. The intensity of the current is generally so small that it is suitable for beginners diving.
The nearby archipelago consists of three small islands five to seven kilometers away from Pattaya Beach. They are Koh Sak, Koh Larn and Koh Khrok. Although this archipelago is the densest diving site in the region, we can see significant improvements in visibility and soft coral growth over the past three years. In recent years this area has also become a breeding ground for sea turtles, and they can be seen at every dive site. There are almost no large plankton here, so divers don’t need to worry about having the chance to face sharks.