EPIC THINGS TO DO IN KOH TAO!
Koh Tao is my favorite island in Thailand and one of the best tropical destinations in South East Asia! There are many fun-fuelled things to do in Koh Tao which is the famed scuba-diving haven in Thailand, attracting divers from all over the world.
However, as a non-diver, I discovered the best of the best that Koh Tao has to offer apart from diving, from white palm-fringed beaches to panoramic viewpoints, Koh Tao Island offers something for everyone!
Here is the Ultimate Adventure Guide for 15 EPIC Things To Do In Koh Tao!
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15 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN KOH TAO
#1 JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is the best viewpoint on the island and not to be missed on your list of things to do in Koh Tao! It’s an easy 20-minutes hike to reach the top of John Suwan Viewpoint for sunrise and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view at the top.
HOW TO GET TO JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub of Koh Tao.
John Suwan Viewpoint has decent road access and when I visited this spot for sunrise there were no parking or entrance fees. However, some people told me they hiked to the John Suwan Viewpoint during the day and had to pay a 50 Baht entrance fee, so just keep that in mind.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT
When you arrive in the car park at the jump-off point to John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao you’ll see a sign with ‘viewpoint’ written on it and an arrow pointing the way.
Along the trailhead, you’ll come to an intersection with 3 different roads branching off. Be sure to take the middle road which is the correct trail to take to reach the John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao.
The John Suwan Viewpoint trail is rocky with some make-shift stairs and you’ll also come across a few spots where there are ropes anchored in place to help you scale some bigger boulders, which was my favorite part of the adventure!
The hike to John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is not that strenuous and it takes approximately 20-minutes from bottom to top for the average person.
There are a few other viewpoints that can be found at John Suwan Viewpoint, so don’t rush back down to the bottom, spend some time exploring the area and you’ll be sure to come across more epic views of the island and its coastlines.
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John Suwan Viewpoint – What to do in Koh Tao
John Suwan Viewpoint – Things to do in Koh Tao
#2 SAIREE BEACH
Sairee Beach is the biggest, busiest and most popular beach on Koh Tao. Sairee Beach is the main tourist hub on Koh Tao and it seriously has it all, from beachside bars & restaurants to dive shops and night markets. Oh, and I forgot to mention – Sairee Beach is one of the best locations on the island to watch the sunset!
HOW TO GET TO SAIREE BEACH
Sairee Beach is a 5-minute drive from the Mae Haad Pier. Sairee Beach has easy road access and when I visited there were no parking or entrance fees. Sairee Beach is a stone’s throw from the jump-off point to the beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SAIREE BEACH
As I mentioned earlier, Sairee Beach is the biggest beach on the island, stretching 1.8km along the western coastline and it’s one of the best things to do in Koh Tao!
During the day, Sairee Beach has a few fun things to do including tree swings, beach volleyball, sunbathing and snorkeling out on the reef.
Another great thing about this beautiful beach is that you don’t have to go far to get some lunch or drinks as there are restaurants and bars all the way along Sairee Beach, each with stunning views of the bay and neighboring islands.
The nightlife at Sairee Beach is always buzzing and it’s the best place to be on the island for all things happening!
Night markets, streetside food vendors and beach bars line the streets and I guarantee you will be far from bored during a night out on Sairee Beach.
For the diving enthusiasts, all the dive shops on Koh Tao can be found here at Sairee Beach. Just pop your head in, say hello and organise your dives in advance.
Full blog post: Sairee Beach Koh Tao
Sairee Beach – Things to do in Koh Tao
#3 FREEDOM BEACH
Freedom Beach Koh Tao is my favorite beach on the island and it is rated one of the best things to do in Koh Tao by locals and tourists!
HOW TO GET TO FREEDOM BEACH
Freedom Beach is a short 10-minute drive from Sairee Beach and it has decent road access with no parking or entrance fees. Freedom Beach Koh Tao is a short 2-minute walk to the beach from the jump-off point.
WHAT TO EXPECT FREEDOM BEACH
Freedom Beach Koh Tao is one of the smaller Koh Tao beaches but the beauty and scenic vibes make up for its size. Freedom Beach is a must-see location on your list of things to do in Koh Tao!
This fine white sandy beach is tucked away under a shady palm tree and mangrove jungle with some of the clearest, bluest water on the island.
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A shallow reef can be found just off the shoreline at Freedom Beach Koh Tao with an abundance of corals and schools of fish which is known to be one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots!
Freedom Beach is one of the smaller Koh Tao beaches but the beauty and scenic vibes make up for its size. Freedom Beach is a must-see location on your list of things to do in Koh Tao! This fine white sandy beach is tucked away under a shady palm tree and mangrove jungle with some of the clearest, bluest water on the island.
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Freedom Beach – Things to do in Koh Tao
Drone shot of Freedom Beach – Things to do on Koh Tao
#4 SHARK BAY
Next on this list of epic things to do in Koh Tao is Shark Bay, also known by the local name Thian Og Bay, which is rated one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots on the island. Shark Bay Koh Tao aptly gets its name from the frequent blacktip reef sharks that enter the bay.
HOW TO GET TO SHARK BAY KOH TAO
Shark Bay Koh Tao is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach. Shark Bay can be accessed through the Haad Tien Beach Resort. Park out the front of the resort and then follow the signs pointing the way to Shark Beach Koh Tao.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SHARK BAY
There is lots of exploring to do at Shark Bay Koh Tao and you MUST go snorkeling to try your luck at spotting a blacktip reef shark. The sharks are harmless so you don’t have to worry about being bitten, just be sure to give them their space to move around. Also, keep a sharp eye for some green sea turtles that frequently get around Shark Bay!
Unfortunately, I didn’t encounter any blacktip reef sharks at Shark Bay Koh Tao but I was lucky to swim with a turtle that I spotted cruising around!
If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, you can rent a set from the resort or the restaurant down on the beach.
Also, I highly recommend renting a kayak or taking a local boat out to Shark Island to explore the outer reefs, which is one of the top things to do in Koh Tao.
There is an abundance of colorful corals and schools of friendly fish circling around under the water here at Shark Bay Koh Tao, so if you have a GoPro camera be sure to take it with you.
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Shark Bay – Koh Tao things to do
Exploring Shark Bay – Things to do in Koh Tao
Snorkeling at Shark Bay – What to do in Koh Tao
#5 LOVE KOH TAO VIEWPOINT
The Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is one of the most popular attractions on the island. With panoramic views overlooking Tanote Bay and the eastern coastline of the island, the Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is not to be missed on your list of things to do in Koh Tao.
HOW TO GET TO LOVE KOH TAO VIEWPOINT
Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is located in the center of the island, just 15-minutes drive from Sairee Beach. Love Koh Tao Viewpoint has good road access and a carpark at the top of the hill.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT LOVE KOH TAO
There is an entry fee of 20 Baht to take photos at the Love Koh Tao viewpoint or alternatively if you buy something to eat or drink then the entry fee is waived.
Love Koh Tao viewpoint is a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise as it faces east over the Gulf Of Thailand. If you’re not a morning person, no worries, Love Koh Tao is also a great spot for lunch and a freshly squeezed fruit juice.
There a number of great photo opportunities at the Love Koh Tao viewpoint, including the @lovekohtao sign, the netted beds and the big colorful welcome sign. Love Koh Tao is one of my favorite things to do on Koh Tao, for a short visit in between beach hopping.
Full blog post: Love Koh Tao Viewpoint
Love Koh Tao Viewpoint – Things to do in Koh Tao
#6 SAI NUAN BEACH
Sai Nuan Beach is one of the best, most unspoiled beaches in Koh Tao. Located on the south-west coastline of Koh Tao Island, Sai Nuan Beach is the perfect hideaway from the more popular things to do in Koh Tao.
HOW TO GET TO SAI NUAN BEACH
Sai Nuan Beach is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach and it has decent road access. There are no parking or entrance fees when visiting Sai Nuan Beach and is a short 2-minute walk to the beach from the jump-off point.
THE 2 BEACHES AT SAI NUAN BEACH
There are actually two beaches to be explored at this location, Sai Nuan Beach 1 and Sai Nuan Beach 2.
If you happen to park in the first car park on the left-had side at the end of the road, follow the walking trail down from here and you will emerge on Sai Nuan Beach 2.
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To get to Sai Nuan Beach 1, follow the shoreline around the corner, walk through the restaurant beneath the palms and you will arrive in less than 2-minutes.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SAI NUAN BEACH
I visited Sai Nuan Beach around 2pm one afternoon and I was stoked to have discovered this tropical paradise that is isolated from the more touristy Koh Tao beaches.
I first arrived on Sai Nuan Beach 2 and took some photos of the beach and seaside restaurant before following the shoreline around to Sai Nuan Beach 1.
Sai Nuan Beach 1 is my favorite pick of the two beaches because of the awesome tropical vibe about it!
A cozy bay is shaded by a coconut palm tree forest with a slackline and a tree swing between the palms! Sounds fun right?!
Sai Nuan Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a day out with friends and family to soak up some sun, snorkel around the rocks and beach bum while listening to the sounds of the waves and coral wind chimes about.
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#7 TAA TOH BAY
Taa Toh Bay is a magnificent cove hidden under a palm-fringed forest on the south coast of Koh Tao Island. Taatoh Bay is the ultimate spot to relax on the beach for some peace and quiet away from the more popular Koh Tao attractions.
HOW TO GET TO TAA TOH BAY
Taa Toh Bay a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach with decent road access and when I visited there were no parking or entrance fees. Taatoh Bay Koh Tao is a short 2-minute walk to the beach from the car park.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAA TOH BAY
I could have easily spent an entire day at Taa Toh Bay. There is so much to do including snorkeling, kayaking, beach volleyball, hiking and hammock chills!
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When I visited Taa Toh Bay there were only four other people on the beach, which surprised me as it was peak season on Koh Tao.
So if you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Koh Tao, then look no further than Taa Toh Bay!
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Taa Toh Bay – Things to do in Koh Tao
Sunset at Taa Toh Bay – Things to do On Koh Tao
#8 KOH NANG YUAN ISLAND
Koh Nang Yuan is a unique tropical island in southern Thailand and one of the best day trips to be had from the nearby Koh Tao Island. Experience the ultimate serenity and tranquillity on Nang Yuan Island, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, panoramic Koh Tao viewpoints and some of Thailand’s best scuba diving sites.
HOW TO GET TO KOH NANG YUAN
Koh Nang Yuan is only accessible by taxi boat and the most popular route to get to Nang Yuan Island is by organising a day trip from the nearby island, Koh Tao. The boat trip to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Tao takes approximately 15-minutes across the channel.
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Here are a couple of options to book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan listed below:
OPTION #1: ASK A LOCAL
I found the easiest and cheapest way to get over to Koh Nang Yuan is to head down to the northern end of Sairee Beach where all the boats are lined up and find a local who has a boat that is willing to take you over to Koh Nang Yuan.
My friends and I did exactly this and we were able to barter a price of 1000 Baht between the five of us (200 Baht per person) for a return trip to Koh Nang Yuan.
OPTION #2: TOURIST OFFICE
You can book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan from any of the tourist information offices dotted around the Mae Haad Pier and Sairee Beach areas.
Expect to pay between 250-350 Baht per person if you book with this option as the tour companies charge more so they can make a commission.
ARRIVING AT KOH NANG YUAN
Koh Nang Yuan is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. I recommended spending at least half a day here to enjoy exploring as much of Koh Nang Yuan as you possibly can.
Make sure to arrange a time with your taxi boat driver for when you want to be picked up again to make the return trip back to Koh Tao.
KOH NANG YUAN ENTRANCE FEE
There is a 100 Baht entry fee per person to visit Koh Nang Yuan and you must leave at no later than 5pm unless you are staying at the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort.
Also, plastic water bottles and the flying of drones are prohibited on Nang Yuan Island.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KOH NANG YUAN
Koh Nang Yuan is very popular nowadays, so you can expect there to be quite a lot of tourists on the island. Regardless of the herds of people, I still had a fantastic time swimming at the unique sandbar beach and hiking to the famous Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint.
If you would like to experience Koh Nang Yuan Island without the crowds, I recommend booking one or two nights at the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort. This way you will have the beaches and viewpoints all to yourself before the gates open to tourists each day.
There is a restaurant attached to the Dive Resort on Koh Nang Yuan which is the only place to buy food and drinks, however, the prices here are much higher than the average Thai restaurant.
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Nang Yuan Beach – Things to do in Koh Tao
Koh Nang Yuan Island – Koh Tao things to do
#9 KOH NANG YUAN VIEWPOINT
One of the best adventurous things to do in Koh Tao is hiking to the famous Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint that overlooks the entire island.
It’s an easy 15-minute hike to the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint via a concrete path that leads the way through a small forest, up some stairs and then a quick scramble along a couple of large boulders, finally emerging at the viewpoint.
Incredible panoramic views await at the top of the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint, with an aerial perspective overlooking Nang Yuan Island and a glimpse of the beautiful western coastline of Koh Tao.
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Nang Yuan Viewpoint – Things to do in Koh Tao
#10 CHALOK BAAN KAO BAY
Chalok Baan Kao Bay is one of the best things to do in Koh Tao, perfect for an entire day of exploring, beach bumming and relaxing. I visited Chalok Beach Koh Tao at around 4 pm in the afternoon and the long white sand beach was practically empty.
HOW TO GET TO CHALOK BAAN KAO BAY
Chalok Bay Koh Tao is a short 10-minute drive from Sairee Beach which has great road access and parking spots are available all along the beach.
There are no parking or entrance fees at Chalok Baan Kao Bay and it is a stone’s throw from the road to the beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CHALOK BAAN KOH BAY
There are a number of beach bars, bean bags and restaurants along the Chalok Baan Kao Beach where you can enjoy some afternoon drinks at sunset. Chalok Baan Kao is definitely one of the more quieter things to do in Koh Tao.
I explored Chalok Baan Kao Bay from one end to the other, stopping numerous times to take photos of the palm trees and the boats bobbing around in the shallow waters.
Chalok Baan Kao is definitely one of the quieter Koh Tao beaches and with the convenience of food and beverage options right there too.
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Chalok Baan Koh Bay – Things to do in Koh Tao
Chalok Baan Koh Beach
#11 MANGO VIEWPOINT
Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao is rated as one of the best Koh Tao viewpoints on the island and a worthy addition to your list of things to do in Koh Tao! Mango Viewpoint is a great spot to spend a couple of hours chilling in a hammock, reading a book, playing board games or sipping on a freshly squeezed juice.
HOW TO GET TO MANGO VIEWPOINT
Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao is located high in the hills in the north of the island. It’s a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach. Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao has decent road access, but it is very steep and you may end up having to walk up the hill if your scooter doesn’t make it.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MANGO VIEWPOINT
When you arrive at Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao, there is an entrance fee of 100 Baht, which is a higher cost than other Koh Tao viewpoints but the view is definitely worth the money in my opinion!
Incredible panoramic views welcome you upon arrival to Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao and a small restaurant and juice bar resides on the hillside.
My friends and I made our selves comfortable on the large cushions while we took in the awe-inspiring views of Koh Tao’s western coastline and the beautiful Sairee Beach.
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Mango Viewpoint – Alex in wanderland
#12 TANOTE BAY
Tanote Bay is one of the more popular things to do in Koh Tao, surrounded by rolling hills and large boulders. There is also a rock formation at Tanote Bay beach that is well known as the best rock jumping spot on Koh Tao Island.
HOW TO GET TO TANOTE BAY
Tanote Bay Koh Tao is located on the eastern coastline of the island, a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach. Tanote Bay has decent road access and when I visited there were no parking or entrance fees. Tanote Bay is a short 2-minute walk to the beach from the jump-off point.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TANOTE BAY
Tanote Bay is the best place to watch the sunrise on Koh Tao Island as this bay faces east over the Gulf Of Thailand.
I visited Tanote Bay around 10am to explore the beach and the rocky points before going for a swim and of course some rock jumping.
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The weather on Koh Tao was unfortunately very overcast on the day that I visited Tanote Bay but I still had an amazing time exploring this coastline.
There are a couple of beachside restaurants and resorts along Tanote Bay beach, the perfect spot to get something to eat and drink without having to leave the beach.
Also, I highly recommend snorkeling in Tanote Bay as it is said to be one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots on the island, with a variety of colorful corals and reasonably large fish just a few steps into the water.
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Tanote Bay – Koh Tao things to do
Rock jump at Tanote Bay – Things to do in Koh Tao
#13 SAI DAENG BEACH
Sai Daeng Beach is another picture-perfect location and one of the best things Koh Tao. Located on Koh Tao’s south coast, Sai Daeng Beach is the perfect spot to spend a day snorkeling the reefs, kayaking in the bay and working on your tan!
HOW TO GET TO SAI DAENG BEACH
Sai Daeng Beach is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach. Sai Daeng Beach can be accessed through the Sai Daeng Resort.
Park out the front of the resort and then follow the signs pointing the way down the stairs to Sai Daeng Beach. There are no parking or entry fees when visiting Sai Daeng Beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SAI DAENG BEACH
I personally stayed at the Sai Daeng Resort for 3 days and 3 nights and was lucky enough to visit Sai Daeng Beach every morning for a swim and snorkel.
Some of the clearest, turquoise waters can be found here at Sai Daeng Beach and colorful coral reefs are only a stone’s throw away from the palm tree fringed shoreline.
Sai Daeng Beach is the closest bay to Shark Island, the best Koh Tao snorkeling spot on the island. There are kayaks and snorkel sets available to rent from the restaurant located down on Sai Daeng Beach.
Paddling out to Shark Island Koh Tao in a kayak takes approximately 10-minutes and there is a floating buoy to tie off your kayak before jumping in the water for a snorkel.
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Sai Daeng Beach – Koh Tao things to do
Shark Island – Things to do in Koh Tao
#14 SUNSET VIEWPOINT
Koh Tao island has some pretty incredible viewpoints but I have to say that the Sunset View Point Koh Tao makes it into the top 15 things to do in Koh Tao.
Located high in the hills in the northern end of the island, Sunset View Point Koh Tao offers incredible west facing views overlooking the popular Sairee Beach and a popular spot for sunset.
HOW TO GET TO SUNSET VIEWPOINT
Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao is a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach. Sunset Viewpoint has decent road access, but it is very steep and you may end up having to walk up the hill if your scooter doesn’t make it.
Look out for the ‘High Rock View Point – Sunset Point’ sign on the left-hand side of the road as you come up the steep hill and make a left turn here.
If the track is muddy you may have to walk, otherwise, you can drive all the way up and over to the viewpoint.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUNSET VIEWPOINT
There are large boulders at Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao that make for a perfect photo opportunity with panoramic views of the western coastline of the island. There are also some hammocks tied up between the trees for a very comfortable chill session while you wait for the sunset.
The day I visited Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao it was very cloudy and overcast so unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience a good sunset. However, the incredible views at the top still made the adventure worthwhile and it’s not to be missed on your list of things to do on Koh Tao!
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Sunset Viewpoint – Things to do in Koh Tao
#15 HIN WONG BAY
Hin Wong Bay on Koh Tao Island is a beautiful beach surrounded by large boulders and crystal clear waters, offering one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots. I perused my Koh Tao map in search of a beach away from the more popular Koh Tao beaches and I discovered Ao Hin Wong Beach on the eastern coastline of Koh Tao.
HOW TO GET TO HIN WONG BAY
Hin Wong Bay is a short 10-minute drive from Sairee Beach with very easy to access as the main road leads all the way down to Ao Hin Wong Beach and there is a small carpark at the bottom.
There are no parking or entrance fees at Hin Wong Bay and it is a short 2-minute walk to the beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT HIN WONG BAY KOH TAO
I was surprised to see no more than 10 people down on Ao Hin Wong Beach, knowing that there were thousands of tourists on Koh Tao during this holiday season.
If you’re looking for a quiet beach away from crowds and one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots, head to the east side of Koh Tao Island and discover the beauty of Hin Wong Bay, where the jungle meets the sea.
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Hin Wong Bay – Things to do in Koh Tao
Hin Wong Bay Koh Tao
WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO
Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few the best places to stay in Koh Tao to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao
I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, work desk, private bathroom and balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort
Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends and families.
Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.
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GETTING AROUND KOH TAO ISLAND
The best way to get around Koh Tao is to rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day to explore all four corners of the island. There are dozens of scooter rental stores in and around town and most accommodations offer scooter rentals too.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KOH TAO
Koh Tao Island has great beach weather all year round except in October and November, the wettest months.
Peak season in Koh Tao is typically between December and February.
HOW TO GET TO KOH TAO
Koh Tao Island is only accessible by fast boat or ferry. From the mainland, there are daily boats leaving from Chumphon and Surat Thani.
Lomprayah is reputably the best boat/bus company to travel within Thailand, offering bus transfers and fast boat services to the islands.
Use the 12Go Asia search form below to search for all bus and boat services to Koh Tao and book online ahead of time:
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WHAT TO PACK FOR KOH TAO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF THINGS TO DO IN KOH TAO
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