Following today's news of the death of two British tourists on Koh Tao, here is an initial statement from TAT:
Koh Tao is a relatively small island, north of Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan in the Gulf of Thailand. It is not on the main tourist trail but is certainly popular with backpackers and those with a keen interest in snorkelling and diving. The island is well known for its dive spots and is a good place for beginners - 3% of PADI divers (worldwide) qualify in Koh Tao. Within the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao appeals to tourists who are looking to travel a little more off the beaten track from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan - better known for their nightlife and beach parties.
Koh Tao, and other beach and island destinations across Thailand, remain safe for tourists to travel to. Thailand welcomes over 850,000 British and Irish tourists each year and many enjoy a safe and trouble free holiday. We understand this is an isolated incident. We have limited details on the circumstances at this time and are waiting for further information following the initial stages of the police investigation. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends affected by the news.
We understand this to be an isolated incident and is very much out of character for an island which is much loved for it's quaint atmosphere. Local authorities have begun a thorough investigation and have put restrictions in place for the time being to prevent anyone (potential suspects) leaving the island. This may have an impact on tourists travel plans so we suggest they contact their travel agent, tour operator or chosen hotel for further advice if they are currently on, or are due to travel, to the island in the next few days.
As always, we recommend tourists to exercise common sense and courtesy when travelling abroad to ensure a trouble free and fun holiday.
Further travel advice and tips for visiting Thailand can be read at our blog http://uk.blog.tourismthailand.co.uk/safe-travel/