I have traveled throughout Thailand and spent time on some wonderful islands. They all leave a memory to savour for a lifetime. They have a charm that is unique to the Land of Smiles.
Each island has its strong points, for example Koh Kood is unspoiled and a place to find solitude whereas Koh Samet, although falling victim to mass tourism leading to overcrowded beaches on the main stretches, is convenient for a weekend break from Bangkok.
However after returning from a 4 day break on Koh Tao on reflection, for me at least, it has the edge over all the other islands in Thailand. It is one of the smaller islands in Thailand but still a third bigger than Koh Samet.
Koh Tao is jaw dropping beautiful and on every new cove you discover it opens up a new form of paradise. The beaches are world class, the view points are amazing, the diving and snorkeling is top notch and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to watch a sunset from at the end of the day.
The very evening I arrived on the island I took a stroll along the beach at Mae Haad and recorded this podcast. Take a listen, you can even hear the waves breaking on the beach!