Thailand - Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui Islands
Thailand attracts many tourists on a yearly basis. Though it has many places to visit, one favorite thing to do in Thailand is to island hop. This means going from one island to another and experiencing different things, sights and activities from each island. The three islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui offer such a great opportunity to experience the best of Thailand.
This island is the place to be if you want to experience scuba diving, snorkeling and flying trapeze. Koh Tao’s coast has picturesque beaches and sandy coves where you will find dive shops and restaurants lit with lanterns. Here, you can take a diving course and get SSI or PADI Open Water certification in less than a week and extend your diving to night diving, shark diving and wreck diving while having the time of your life!
Aside from diving Koh Tao has a great nightlife, and a more mature full-moon party compared to that found in Koh Phangan. You can stay in charming villas lined with palms such as the self-catering Casa Del Sol or at hotels such as the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort. Besides, you can take a ferry to the other islands, or fly to the mainland, Bangkok or Pattaya to widen your experiences.
This island is mainly known for the full-moon party an event that happens every month where people party on Haad Rin Beach under the full moon. At this party, people dance to all kinds of music while fire eaters and jugglers and brilliant fireworks entertain the crowds throughout the night. It starts at dusk and goes on all night till the next day in the afternoon. If you want to experience this epic party, you pay the 100 Thai Baht fee and if you are traveling from a neighboring island such as Koh Samui, make sure you do not miss the last boat to Koh Phangan which leaves at 1830hours as speedboats thereafter tend to be overloaded and dangerous in case the sea gets rough. There are many beach traders during the event and a whisky bucket containing ice, whisky, red bull and coke is the popular drink of choice for the partygoers.
This island is popular especially for budget travellers although it also has many options for those wanting a more luxury stay. It has lively beaches such as Chaweng, Bophut, Lamai and Maenam. Chaweng is more crowded, Lamai more laidback, Maenam, a tropical beach and Bophut a beach that offers a glimpse of a fisherman’s village. Sights include the mummified monks, Hin Ta and Hin Yai grandpa and grandma rocks, Big Budha shrine, the Marine Park and waterfalls among others.