Koh Tao, Thailand
I have found paradise and it is called Koh Tao. It is so picturesque and perfect – it lives up to all expectations. Straight out of a movie, it is the definition of an island, with the perfect combination of rocky cliffs, white beaches, jungle and transparent turquoise waters.
The best way to explore this incredible island is to pack some bags, buy some of the local beers and head down to the harbour. Locals will clamber around offering you their services, and you can easily haggle the price down. Before you know it you will be climbing into a longboat and stretching out to tan and enjoying a tour around the island.
When our boatsman eventually expertly steered our boat into one of the coves and dropped anchor, we all jumped over board to do some snorkeling – I have never seen so many fish and different types of coral in one place! The gigantic granite rocks that emerge out of the water create little caves, tunnels and ledges to swim around and under. It all seems so surreal and almost as dreamlike as the island – what an incredible combination.
After a week of exploring everything Koh Tao Had to offer, I had to be dragged off the island before I settled there for good. In my mind, no trip to Thailand would be complete without stopping at this Eden!
- Shan Routledge