We both just completed our IDC in Koh Tao, Thailand. Being American’s, and still needing to be available for business back home (I own a residential real estate firm), the time difference was too much, the expat community non-existent, and the island had very little to offer other than diving. So we did some research because we are looking for a place to call home and obtain residency.
We are hoping to get some advice on the following and hope it may be useful for others in the future too:
- Recommendations for PADI dive shops that offer one or all of the following:
walkable to expat community/and reasonable housing (we prefer to walk or peddle bike if at all possible)
has MSDT and also ability and willingness to take a couple of optimistic, positive, coachable people (that would be us!) and provide a place for us to put our Instructor certification to use.
Dive shop that has retail shop (both of us have a strong sales background and it would be fantastic to be able to be connected to a organization that has the ability to service clients with equipment to enhance their diving experience.
Recommendation to Housing (again, walkable to expat community and hopefully diving too)
Insight into the best ways to connect with the community that is already here while we are visiting in December, January, and February…we are getting a one way ticket and if its as awesome as it appears to be, we will likely proceed to make it more permanent.
Any tips on planning the initial “trial visit” that will help to make it more cost effective etc.
Thanks so much to our “hopeful” future friends,