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Free your own turtle at Koh Talu Island (Thailand!)

Koh Talu Thailand

Private beaching at Koh Talu Beach resort!

I travel a lot. But my experience freeing a turtle is one of my most special travel adventures. Ever!

Thailand is so beautiful. Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in Asia. With so many cool places to check out. But after the busy city life it’s time to relax at one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. And Yes, Koh Pipi, Koh Tao and Ko Pagnang are Islands that immediately pop-up in your head. But I have a fairly unknown one to share. One with limited availability and where you don’t stumble over buckets, but turtles!

Koh Talu Island is an island just an hour from the mainland of Prachuapkhirikhan. There’s only one resort on the island. So the only choice you have to make is standard or deluxe room! Koh Talu Island resort is nothing like the fancy condo’s with private pools that you see on the other islands though. I would say it’s more authentic and local.

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4 reasons to go to Koh Talu Island resort:

Private beaching!
RELAXING at the private beach: really beside you and the people staying in the cabin next to you…. there’s nobody on the island. It’s private as can be!

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S Snorkelling Snorkelling at the protected corals: the coastal line of Koh Talu Island is packed with the most beautiful corals. Especially the snorkelling spot near the rocks has so many beautiful sea life! When staying at Koh Talu Island you can even help creating new coral by seeding new coral on the bottom of the sea. If you go back in 10 years you can check how much it grew! This project is supported by the government and one of the eco projects of Koh Talu Island resort.

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Massages from dusk till dawn
Really… You can’t go to Thailand without having a massage (every day!). The ladies at Koh Talu Island resort sure know what they are doing. Relax while you hear the sea and the wind…

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Freeing a turtle
For me this is the number one reason to go to Koh Talu Island! Every year four sea turtles go back to Koh Talu Island to drop their eggs on the beach. These little turtles in the making are now protected. The eggs are harvested and kept in special rooms to nurture them. When the tiny little turtles are born they go in one of the aquariums until they are 9 months old.

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This is where the fun part comes in… as soon as they are 9 months old guests of Koh Talu Island resort may release a turtle during their stay. And trust me… this is SPECIAL! You can even give your turtle a name.

My turtle is named Bär, which is the nickname for my love ;-). Since they have a strict schedule when to release the turtles it can happen that you have to ‘share’ one. I shared mine with Sabine who also came on the blog trip with me. But don’t worry you just give it a double name then ;-).

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And then the special moment is there… Time to free my lithe Bär! WOW, so special to bring a turtle to the ocean for the first time. My Bär was such a cool guy, he instinctually knew what to do and jumped into the ocean. FREE!

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And off he swam… away… into the big wild ocean!

PS: going to Bangkok and Thailand soon? Check out Yourlbb’s Thailand Travel Guide. A guide with the best hotspots in Bangkok (from food to shopping) and things to do.

Planning your trip to Thailand & Bangkok:

–  Getting there: China Airlines flies straight from Amsterdam to Bangkok and often has the best deals (and is a Skyteam partner from KLM!).
– Yourlbb’s favourite designhotels in Bangkok are: Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok, Lebua Hotel at State Tower, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Cabochon Hotel & Residence and Riva Surya.

More information about Thailand!

For a complete overview with all the information about Thailand you can check out the website of Tourism Authority of Thailand. Make sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page where they post updates on new hotels, restaurants and #amazingthailand things.

Tip: discover more city- and travel guides by @yourlbb!

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