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  1. Constance

    Great post and beautiful pictures!! I loved Koh Tao as well, especially the view from the top (it is magnificent)!! I have never went diving there but it sounds like a lot of fun!!

  2. Chris

    Hi Jules,
    NICE site!
    I am a youngish 66 year old yank. Want to start scuba certification. I travel solo and will be in Thailand soon. Was reading about Similan Islands, but came across your article on Koh Tao and now am thinking it might be the place. I always like to save money, but could handle a couple hundred extra bucks for a more magical scuba introduction. Any thoughts on Koh vs. Similian islands, suggestions? Thanks much

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comment! I’ve never dived the Similans so I can’t say for certain but my immediate thoughts are:

      – Koh Tao very much caters for beginners. There are LOADS of dive shops to choose from which I guess, keeps prices competitive. I don’t know whether this is the same for Similan Island.
      – The diving in Koh Tao was good, but I wouldn’t say spectacular. I suspect that you’d be able to see much more on the other side of the peninsula in the Andaman Sea as opposed to the Gulf.
      – Koh Tao is filled with young backpackers. It’s got a lively night scene if you’re not only going for diving. I suspect it’s quieter in Similan where more serious divers go (but this is me postulating…)

      Hope this helps!

  3. Tessa

    Hi Would you mind saying where you stayed on Sairee? and who you dived with? I am going in June and would love some advice. Such mixed hostel reviews on tripadvisor. Thanks, Tessa

    • Hi Tessa, I stayed at the Thalassa Hotel. It’s not the cheapest, but it was really clean and was in a convenient location. I then went with a dive centre nearby the hotel (within walking distance from the hotel for those early morning dives!).

    • There are no particular dive operators I’d recommend as I only tried one of them out of the many available. I’m sure they’re all pretty similar so just walk into a few of them and see if you get on well with the dive masters. 🙂

      Yes, I had no problems travelling alone in Koh Tao. I would say though, that I’m a pretty careful traveller, so I was never out late on my own, I also don’t drink alcohol and am not into the whole partying thing. It was pretty much just diving, sun bathing, swimming, eating and more diving for me.

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