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The island is consistently gaining popularity and going more upscale. Koh Tao, Thailand -- literally 'Turtle Island' -- is the epicentre for cheap diving and scuba culture in Southeast Asia. More divers get certified on Koh Tao than anywhere else in the world. But even if you prefer life above the surface, the island is a pleasant, fairly laid-back choice in the Gulf of Thailand
Things to Do:The Island offers diverse diving experience right off its shores, toast the day with sunset cocktails on a white beach. But even while the island may be synonymous with diving, there is much more to the place. Visitors will find hiking trails of various levels of difficulty that end with the promise of picturesque views, extreme rock-climbing, and even trapeze-flying classes.
Getting There:The usual way to reach Koh Tao is via overnight bus or train from Bangkok to Chumphon or SuratThani and then a ferry ride in the early morning to the island.
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