Q: When is monsoon season? Some travel guides give contradicting information.
A: In some older guides they differentiate only between north and south Thailand, but it also makes
a difference if you are on the west or east coast. Phuket, Krabi and the Similans in the west have their
rainy season from April to October, while on the east coast - Samui, Phanghan and Ko Tao, there is
monsoon only in November ..
Q: What is the fastest way from Bangkok to Ko Tao?
A: A domestic flight to Koh Samui and the speed boat or Catamaran from there. Less comfortable and
slower, but cheaper, is the bus or train to Chumphon, where you can take the night or express ferry.
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Q: Do I need malaria prophylaxis?
A: The risk of malaria on the Islands in south Thailand is minimal. Unless you plan to travel up north,
the severe side effects of most anti-malarial medicine, especially in combination with diving, outweigh the
Q: Are credit cards accepted on Ko Tao?
A: Most of the bigger resorts will accept VISA/ MC, but might apply a 3% service charge. There is also
a bank and 2 ATM machines in town ("Mae Haad")
Q: Do I need medical clearance for diving?
A: A medical is not required for certified divers in Thailand, only for participating in courses. However,
a regular check up is highly recommended.
Q: I am an Instructor, can I teach my friends/ relatives through your facility?
A: Yes, but (unless you hold a Thai work permit) we have to send a Divemaster/ Instructor along, as
TAT regulations state clearly, that any diving activity has to be controlled/ supervised by our staff,
otherwise (in the unlikely event of an incident) any insurance cover is invalid.
Q: Where is the nearest recompression chamber?
A: There is a mono chamber on Ko Tao for first aid treatment and an SSS Recompression Chamber
Network facility on Koh Samui. Check that your dive shop is a member/ affiliate, to guarantee unrestricted
access if needed.