It’s been awhile since I took this trip, but I still think this was one of the best trips I’ve taken in my lifetime. Koh Tao is a small island off the coast of Thailand. The main attraction there is scuba diving, in fact, that might be the only real attraction. The island is known for having some of the best scuba diving in the world. As an added bonus, it’s also one of the safest places for a solo female traveler.
I traveled by myself to Koh Tao and had to take a plane, bus, and ferry to get there! I got in on the last ferry of the day and as the dock cleared out I realized the ride I had arranged had forgotten me. It didn’t matter too much though because a very kind group from a different scuba school picked me up and drove me to where I was headed.
I had a few bumpy parts to the trip, but as soon as I got into the beautiful waters and swam around the coral it was all worth it. The people were fantastic. My dive group was filled with people from all around the world. I learned a lot from all of them and we spent a great deal of time just wandering around the island after we were done diving for the day.
It was particularly comforting that Thailand, in particular, Koh Tao, was such a safe place to travel as it was my first international vacation I took by myself. I didn’t know the language (I’m terrible at learning languages) but I got around just fine. Even in some of the more remote parts of Thailand where the bus stopped people knew enough English to help. I never felt like I was in danger. The people of Thailand, and many of the visitors to the Koh Tao island, are friendly and genuine people.
I’ve been meaning to go back to Thailand. There was something just so amazing about the environment and the hospitality. Check out my brief youtube video and you’ll see what I mean. (And you’ll be planning your own trip!)