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ko tao at the moment

Posted by joe_leviente on 15/9/2011 at 17:00

hi,

is anyone in, or has anyone recently left, ko tao?

(i'm writing this on thursday 15th september, 2011)

I'm on my way there and was wondering if the weather might affect my plans for doing a diving course?

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Posted by KhowNeow11 on 15/9/2011 at 23:07

I've not done a course on Koh Tao yet myself, but i have a friend who just finished one there last week, and he didn't mention any difficulties when we talked about it. This is obviously not conclusive evidence one way or another, but maybe at least good enough reason to be optimistic!

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Posted by joe_leviente on 17/9/2011 at 12:21

cheers, you're right - that's enough to be optimistic! especially seeing as the fact it's raining somewhere else was enough to get me pessimistic in the first place...

booking the trip in a minute - i found some travel agencies organising it for 500baht... i wonder if i should be skeptical of such a great deal...

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Posted by KhowNeow11 on 17/9/2011 at 12:31

It depends on where you're coming from and what the agent gets out of it/the volume of people that they have making the journey along with you. Im skeptical of travel agents in general... I've found that they usually can be avoided, though they often do make things simpler when island hopping. Either way, you'll find out soon enough! Safe travels

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Posted by joe_leviente on 17/9/2011 at 12:37

yeah, easy enough to avoid em but it seems that its not only easier to book it through em, but also cheaper... at least according to the prices i've seen.

That's what's making me skeptical - alongside stories of bags being rummaged through on busses. But no-one's going to want to steal my dirty old clothes eh?

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Posted by KhowNeow11 on 17/9/2011 at 13:24

yep, keep it simple and you generally don't have too much to worry about! good rule of thumb for traveling.

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Posted by Nixxypie on 18/9/2011 at 17:38

I just left Koh Tao on 7th September... I don't know if anything has changed since then but we left because the tides changed and the water was really murkey and there was so much driftwood washing up onto the beach to the point you could barely get on the beach.

We didn't go diving so it may be different depending on what spots you go to but we went on a snorkelling trip and 3 out of 5 of the places were so murkey and full of dead coral it was pointless being there.

However, I'm sure the dive centres will have a back up plan and if some areas are murkey I'm more than sure they will have suitable areas they can take you elsewhere.

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