No trip to Thailand is complete without spending a few sunny days on the Thai islands sipping coconut water in the sand and strapping on the snorkel gear. Thailand has literally hundreds of islands ranging from off the beaten path to sun-and-fun touristy destinations. Koh Talu is a hidden gem, unknown by many travellers and a place to consider if you really want to escape from the world for a few days.
The private island with the unique shape of a whale is located in the Gulf of Thailand and the journey towards it begins with a 20 minute speedboat trip from Bangsaphan across the clear blue waters. We flew from Bangkok to Chumporn, took a mini van to Bangsaphan from where we took the boat. Once you arrive you will be greeted with a stunning view of an untouched white-sand beach inviting you to go for a swim in the clear blue sea. In short, Koh Talu is the perfect island to disconnect from the world.
1. No Reception: The perfect disconnect vacation
If you’re tired of feeling like you’re virtual slave replying to emails and texts or feeling like the virtual noise of everyday life is wearing you out; Koh Talu is the perfect destination to disconnect and reconnect with yourself. Dump your phone, laptop and set out to take enjoy every blissful moment on the island. But there’s a catch…The island has some internet but the connection is really, really bad which makes it a tough challenge to even try to connect. A challenge I would suggest you give up because where in the world can you fully disconnect nowadays? If you have been wanting to spend real quality time with your partner (and possible working on any issues) go to Koh Talu and let the magic of the place sweep you off your feet
2. Enjoy the beach–practically all to yourself
Whether you want to lay down and enjoy the sun, go for a swim or simply sit in the calm, warm waters, the beach on Koh Talu allows you to do just that. Given the exclusive character of the island not many visitors are allowed which means you’ll have the beach practically all to yourself.
3. Go snorkeling
Although I’ve snorkeled before in Alghero I was stunned when I took a glimpse beneath the waters of Koh Talu. As you dive in you’ll be greeted with reefs full of colorful fish treating you to a unique underwater spectacle. You’ll stop at 3 different spots but the second stop was the most impressive.
Koh Talu is an eco resort and when you go snorkeling on board you’ll get educated on the importance of the corals for the environment. We all got the opportunity to plant a coral in the sea which in the long run will continue to help the underwater coral landscape.
4. Make a Wish at the ‘Coral Museum’
Koh Talu is quite small so you can easily see everything on the island in half a day. The picture perfect beach was to be expected but I was surprised when we visited the Coral Museum. It was a bit mystical, enchanting and out of this world. Quite strange but interesting nonetheless. The more I travel the more I seem to stumble upon magical places where the tradition is to place rocks on top of one another and make a wish such as in Aruba and on Koh Talu you make your wish by choosing the most unique corals with each piece representing a wish. It might seem superstitious but it doesn’t hurt to try (again)
5. Release a turtle into the sea
The highlight of our trip to Koh Talu was releasing our own turtle into the sea on a Monday morning. What a great way to start the week!! Our guide had named me Minnie Mouse due to my hairstyle so it was no surprise that this became the name of our superwoman turtle as well Mr Sekson, Sabine and me held our little Minnie and gently placed her on the sand upon which she instinctively found her way into the waters and started swimming. A chip was injected in each turtle in order to track their journey. It will take up to 18-20 years for the turtles to return to their birth place but should Minnie arrive in some fancy new (home) destination each of us will receive an email with updates on her journey
How To Travel To Koh Talu (via Bangkok)
Starting 639 EUR you can fly directly from Amsterdam to Bangkok with China Airlines. The airline flies daily to the Thai capital with Taipei as their end destination. For more info and details on the flights visit China Airlines’ website
Thanks to Tourism Authority of Thailand for making this trip possible