In July 2017 I had the pleasure to inspect this small island about 2,5 hours south of Hua Hin. With white -sand beaches and turquoise water, Koh Talu is your obvious choice if you are looking for an island relatively near the resort city of Hua Hin.
The island is privately owned and well worth staying overnight. There is also an option to go for a day trip. The name of the island translates as “Pierced Island”. Tour operators often sell it as a sustainable island. The owner of the island broke the habit of destroying the coral reefs while fishing and is now working hard to transplant corals for conservation reasons.
According to the owners. Talu Island is known as the gateway to the Gulf of Siam for hundreds of years. Cargo ships used the coast as a shelter during the monsoon season on the south side of the island. On the north side, there is the naturally eroded cliff called “Chong Talu”. That’s where the name comes from, Pierced Island. Two holes in the cliff.
Sailing, snorkelling, squid-fishing and diving is available from the resort. There are diving points at Koh Ran Pet-Ran Kai islands in neighbouring Chumpon province for instance.
If you are not up to water activities, cooking classes and massages are also available.
Koh Talu has two resorts, one in the Big Bay and the other which is smaller in Pearl Bay.
If you are travelling south from Hua Hin it is definitely worth staying on Koh Talu for a night or two. If you don’t mind the drive from Hua Hin and you have enough time on your holiday, it is also a strong case to take a break from Hua Hin on Koh Talu. The whole package arrangement if you buy it from an agency is perfectly executed. Minivan, wait a bit in a waiting hall, speedboat and arrival to the island. No hassles at all.
The Google map location for Koh Talu is here.