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Koh Tao – getting on with things ….

Today the sun tried its hardest to get out but although it didn’t quite break through the clouds – I was wearing my sunnies. We had a few showers this afternoon but nothing to get excited about. The forecast for the next few days seems to bode well for drying out the puddles, left by the recent storm, too.
 

Most visitors to the island have left and the ferries are now arriving empty – we hear that some travel agents are telling visitors that the area is a no go – this is simply not true. Bars and restaurants are open and the beach is deserted.
 

Its a shame for locals who have had a rough time in the last few years where tourism has been effected by protests, airport closures and volcano eruptions in Europe. Businesses were certainly hoping for a hassle free year.
 

Its in the island interest to get back on its feet very quickly to welcome tourists back and indeed it is doing so. Below you will see a succession of five photographs which shows how quickly things turn around here.

28th March
28th March
28th March – lots of water !
 

30th March
30th March
30th March – water receding
 

31st March
31st March
31st March – clearing the sand and mud
 

31st March
31st March
31st March – clearing the sand and mud
 

1st April
1st April
1st April – all tidy, no water just a little damp…..

13 Comments on Koh Tao – getting on with things ….

  1. commented by Anna Hardy on 1 April 2011

    Hi Ayesha,
    to let you know the British Foreign office is advising all but essential travel to koh tao, I hope this changes very soon as we are visiting on 20th April. I hope things get back to normal for you all over there and the visitors start coming back soon. When I saw all the news we presumed our trip to Koh Tao to be cancelled but after reading your blog I am absolutely delighted that we will still be able to come. I will keep my fingers crossed for some sunshine for you so things dry out a bit. Thanks for the info, Anna

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 2 April 2011

      Things are already back to normal and the sun is out today. The seas are flat calm too. See you soon !

  2. commented by Marcus on 2 April 2011

    well i is on me way wife wife and kiddies in toe! take more than a bit of rain to keep us away! see you all on the 8th!

  3. commented by Chalotte on 2 April 2011

    The sun is out, the sky is blue, with some white fluffy clouds, and the sea is flat!!

  4. commented by dodo on 2 April 2011

    Thank you so much for the update information for koh tao.I will keep my eyes on your website for more. Hopefully that you can put more pictures about the current situation on the island.I would definitelly appreciate that.

  5. commented by Anna Hardy on 2 April 2011

    Just an update, the UK foreign office have reviewed their advice and no longer advise against travelling to Koh Tao and Koh Phangang, so hopefully you will have visitors again soon. Thanks for the updates and we hope to see you soon

  6. commented by Adam Windley on 3 April 2011

    Ayesha,

    You legend for keeping us updated on the state of Koh Tao. I for one will not listen to these un-educated Goverment reports and will be winging my way to the turtle island on Thursday.

    Thank you

    Adam

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 4 April 2011

      Look forward to seeing you !

  7. commented by cécile on 3 April 2011

    hello,
    and what about diving around ko tao? how long will it take to have a good visibility?
    thanks!

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 4 April 2011

      It is clearing up a bit already ….

  8. commented by Junior on 12 April 2011

    Ayesha,
    Thank you so much to keep us up to date with the Koh Tao news. I would like to know what is the current condition for the PADI diving courses and how is the city recovering from all the rain?
    I was planning on to be there around the 18th or the 19th of this month and i would like to know if I should re route my trip to Thailand and push my visit to Koh Tao a week later?
    Thank you so much

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 13 April 2011

      Hi there !
      The current conditions are fine – there is no need to re-arrange your trip at all !
      Please let me know if you want help with accommodation – we can book this for you no problem. Just let me know what your budget is and I can send you some ideas.
      See you soon
      Ayesha

  9. commented by Junior on 13 April 2011

    Ayesha,
    Thank you so much. We are on a very short budget.Masters Divers do not offer free basic accommodation, do you?
    If not, what is the cheapest accommodation you can find me? It will be two of us.

    Thank you again

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