Koh Tao, also known as Ko Lipe is an island located along the East Sea in Thailand. This island is one of two that makeup Koh Samui. The other island, Koh Phangan, is the largest of all Koh Samui islands. The most populated island, Koh Tao, has around 20% more people than Koh Nang Yuan. This is surprising, considering that Nang Yuan's population is much higher than Koh Tao. Nang Yuan tends to get less crowded, however.
Ko Lipe is an island located on Thailand's east coast. Many of its beaches are sandy and offer good swimming water. Nightlife is very popular in Ko Lipe and is centered around the resorts that make up this island. Many dive shops, restaurants cluster near Mae Haad Beach and on the southern part of Kihei Beach.
Koh Nang Yuan lies to the northeast of Koh Lipe. There is only one bridge on this island and it is very long. Many of the beaches on Nang Yuan are sandy and offer good swimming water. There are many resorts in Nang Yuan. These include some that cater to tourists and others that are frequented by locals.
Koh Tao has many tropical beaches. Most of these beaches are rocky and offer very little shade. This is the reason why tourists who want a long, relaxing sun-bath should visit this island. Koh Tao is also known for the pristine underwater world that it houses.
Koh Tao's nearest large island is Koh Nang Yuan. Nang Yuan offers a more populated area and is much less populated than Koh Tao itself. However, Nang Yuan does have many less populated beaches. Its reef is also much more developed. Nang Yuan's reef is not as big as that of Koh Tao, but it is much better developed. Therefore, scuba diving here is more enjoyable than diving in Koh Tao.
Lifeguards on most islands are only a few hundred feet away from the coast and are on duty only during the day. On other islands, lifeguards are on duty at all hours of the day and are responsible for all visitors who visit the pool or reef areas of the island. Lifeguards should be approached with caution; they may be pushy, unwilling to take a chance, or too aggressive. Therefore, be sure to check out their reputation first before hiring them.
You should know that diving and snorkeling are prohibited on all major islands. This means that you will have to leave the island if you wish to go underwater or scuba dive. This policy usually extends to families, children, and groups of friends diving with you. If you break this rule, you may be barred from entering the water altogether.
The climate of Koh Samui is subtropical. There are usually months of bright sunshine followed by months of darkness. Summers are hot and humid while winters are cold and damp. The humidity is at its lowest point around November. The water temperature of Koh Samui is around 55 degrees year-round, with some fluctuations during the winter months. Koh Samui's coral reefs are one of the best in the world; however, these reefs are protected and diving and snorkeling are prohibited on most of the island.
If you do decide to go snorkeling or diving, it is essential that you hire a lifeguard. A lifeguard station can be found anywhere on the island. Typically, a lifeguard station is either located at a beach or at a spot at sea. If you decide to swim out to sea, it is very important that you take the necessary safety precautions to prevent accidents.
You can also hire a diving package. Diving packages can be found throughout Koh Samui. Most resorts offer a day trip to the island by air or boat. If you decide to rent a boat, there are many dive spots in and around the island. The islands have also formed connections with several other diving hot spots around the world, so if you decide to go snorkeling, you can also get a helping hand from the island's lifeguards.
Overall, diving and snorkeling are definitely the best ways to enjoy the beautiful tropical environment that is Koh Samui. But if you want to make the most of your time on the island, you should definitely plan to include a visit to the Samui Ocean Adventure Park. This is one of the best and most fun ways for the whole family to enjoy themselves on Samui. The park is designed to cater to children and their parents as well as families, so even if your family does not have as much fun as you'd hoped, you will still have a great time at the park.