Bang Saphan District, locally well-known as the city of real gold thanks to many gold mines located there, is now becoming the heaven for snorkelers and divers, especially Koh Thalu Island that boasts pristine water and various marine habitats.
Covering both Bang Saphan Noi and Bang Saphan Yai, the district is one of the most famous holiday getaways of Prachuab Khirikhan. To get there, visitors can use the main road of Phetchakasem that go directly southwards passing Pranburi and Ban Krud. From Hua Hin, it takes only 2 hours. If one wants to go Koh Thalu Island, when reaching the Bang Saphan intersection, one has to turn left passing the Bang Saphan local fresh market and turn right again on a road that parallels the beach. That is where one can find the Bang Saphan Noi district. There, one can rent a speedboat to Koh Thalu.
One of the best and most reliable boat services to Koh Thalu is Baan Maprao Resort. Run by Khun Preeda Charoenphak and Khun Phaophiphat Charoenphak, the Resort provides comfortable accommodations with reasonable price and good speedboats to Koh Thalu which takes only 30 minutes from the mainland. The speedboat service is a joint business with Koh Thalu Island Resort on the Island itself. There, snorkelers and divers can enjoy many activities, particularly diving and snorkeling. Koh Thalu Island has many kinds of marine habitats to offer. To name but a few are giant clam, sea anemone, staghorn coral, starflower coral and stony coral. Visitors can feed a lot of fish and walk into the 1,000 Rai mangrove forest which consists of perfect flora and fauna.
Named after its strange physical condition of which a big hole is found below the cliff, Koh Thalu is also a place for sea turtle breeding. Each year, a lot of sea turtles are hatched and return to the sea.
One of the perfect natural attractions of Thailand, Koh Thalu is a well worth place for travelers to visit, experience and learn.