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Ko Tao (เกาะเต่า) Situated 60 kilometres off the coast of Chumphon but falling under the jurisdiction of Surat Thani, Ko Tao lies 45 kilometres north of Ko Pha-ngan and is only 20 square kilometres in area but it is known as the best diving site in the Gulf of Thailand. The turquoise water of Ko Tao is crystalline, coconut plantations still cover much of the landscape, and concrete roads are built along only a few beaches. Getting around the island is either by pick-up taxi or by boat. Motorbikes and mountain bikes are also available for rent to explore the island.

Attractions in and around Ko Tao include:

  • Hat Cho Po Ro or Hat Sai Ri – This small powdery beach provides accommodation. The Giant Clam Park nearby breeds the near-extinct giant clam and exhibits many aquatic animals. It is open daily.
  • Ko Nang Yuan - A coral island with a high viewpoint and long white sandy beaches.
  • Kong Hin Khao and Kong Hin Khiao – These overlaying rocks have submarine alcoves, whereby many fish frequent.
  • Kong Hin Chumphon – Many fish frequent this area on the northwestern part of the island. During breeding season in March – April, this area is closed from any fishing activities.
  • Ban Mae Hat – Pier, transportation terminal, diving schools and shops renting diving gear, concentrate in this economic centre of the island.
  • Kong Sai Daeng – Rarely seen black-eared shark frequent the red sandstone by the mouth of Thian Nok Bay.

The best period is from December to April. It is possible to travel to Ko Tao during the rainy season (May to October), though obviously, you should be prepared to run into showers and rainstorms.

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  • Hat Sai Ri (หาดทรายรี)
    • A.C. Resort 1 (เอซีรีสอร์ท 1) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6197, 0 7745 6033, 51 rooms: 300-1,200 baht
    • A.C. Resort 2 (เอซีรีสอร์ท 2) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6195, 19 rooms: 300-400 baht
    • Ban’s Diving Resort (แบนส์ไดฟ์วิ่งรีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6061-2, 50 rooms: 300–500 baht
    • In Touch Bungalow (อินทัชบังกะโล) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7722 2723, 0 7745 6514, 15 rooms: 300–400 baht
    • Lotus Resort (โลตัสรีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6297-8 www.siamscubadive.com
    • Ko Tao Island (เกาะเต่าไอส์แลนด์) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6680
    • Ko Tao Royal Resort (เกาะเต่ารอยัลรีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6156-7, 16 rooms: 950-3,500 baht
    • Ocean View Bungalow (โอเชี่ยน วิว บังกะโล) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 1229 4849 E-mail: khao80@hotmail.com, 7 rooms: 500-1,500 baht
    • S.B. Cabana (เอสบีคาบาน่า) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6005, 0 7745 6600, 40 rooms: 300–500 baht
    • Sai Ri Cottage (ทรายรีคอทเทจ) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6126, 40 rooms: 250–600 baht
    • Sea Shell Resort (ซีเชลล์รีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6271 www.kohtaoseashell.com, 29 rooms: 300–600 baht
    • Thipwimarn Resort (ทิพย์วิมานรีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6409
    • Tommy Resort (ทอมมี่รีสอร์ท) Hat Sai Ri, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6039, 0 7745 6251, 27 rooms: 300-1,500 baht
  • Ao Chan Som (อ่าวจันสม)
    • Charm Churee Villa (จามจุรีวิลล่า) Ao Chan Som, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6393-4 Fax: 0 7745 6475 www.charmchureevilla.com, 17 rooms: 1,700-7,700 baht
  • Laem Thian (แหลมเทียน)
    • Laem Thian Bungalow (แหลมเทียน บังกะโล) Laem Thian, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6477, 9 rooms: 150–600 baht
  • Hat Ban Mae Hat (หาดบ้านแม่หาด)
    • Blue Diamond Resort (บลูไดมอนด์รีสอร์ท) Hat Ban Mae Hat, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6175, 0 7745 6255, 12 rooms: 400-1,200 baht
    • Sensi Paradise Resort–Coral Beach Bungalow (เซ็นซีพาราไดซ์รีสอร์ท–คอรัลบีชบังกะโล) Hat Ban Mae Hat, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6244 www.kohtaoparadise.com, 40 rooms: 900-8,000 baht
  • Hat Chalok Ban Kao (หาดโฉลกบ้านเก่า)
    • Carabow (คาราบาว) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6206, 11 rooms: 250 baht
    • J.P. Resort (เจพีรีสอร์ท) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6099 E-mail: jpresort@hotmail.com, 25 rooms: 250–500 baht
    • Ko Tao Cottage International Dive Resort (เกาะเต่า คอทเทจ) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6198, 0 7745 6133 Fax: 0 7745 6419 www.kotaocottage.com, 50 rooms: 550–780 baht
    • Ko Tao Tropicana Resort (เกาะเต่าทรอปิคานารีสอร์ท) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6340-5, 0 1211 6352 E-mail: wantropicana1@hotmail.com, 42 rooms: 500–600 baht
    • Sunshine Bungalow 1 (ซันชายน์บังกะโล 1) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6155, 30 rooms: 500–1,200 baht
    • Sunshine Bungalow 2 (ซันชายน์บังกะโล 2) Hat Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6154, 40 rooms: 250–500 baht
  • Ao Tanot (อ่าวโตนด)
    • Blacktip Resort (แบล็กทิป) Ao Tanot, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6488 www.blacktip-kohtao.com
    • Diamond Beach Hut (ไดมอนด์บีชฮัท) Ao Tanot, Ko Tao, 12 rooms: 150–250 baht
    • Tanote View Resort (โตนดวิวรีสอร์ท) Ao Tanot, Ko Tao, Tel: 0 7745 6757, 32 rooms: 500-2,500 baht

--globe-trotter 20:37, 6 February 2010 (EST)

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