15 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON KOH TAO – THE BUCKET LIST

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Koh Tao is my favourite island in Thailand and one of the best tropical destinations in South East Asia! Koh Tao is the famed diving haven in Thailand and attracts divers from all over the world. However, as a non-diver, I discovered the best of the best that Koh Tao has to offer, from white palm-fringed beaches to panoramic viewpoints. Here is the Ultimate Adventure Guide for 15 Awesome Things To Do On Koh Tao – other than diving.

15 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON KOH TAO

#1 JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT

John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is my favourite viewpoint on the island and one of my favourite things to do in Koh Tao! I hiked for 20-minutes to the top of John Suwan Viewpoint one early morning for sunrise and was rewarded with a stunning panoramic view at the top.

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#2 SAIREE BEACH

Sairee Beach is the biggest, busiest and the 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 Koh Tao is one of the best locations on the island to watch the sunset!

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#3 FREEDOM BEACH 

Freedom Beach Koh Tao is my favourite beach on the island and it is rated one of the best Koh Tao beaches by locals and tourists!

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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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#4 SHARK BAY

Shark Bay Koh Tao, also known by the local name Thian Og Bay, 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.

There is lots of exploring to do at Shark Bay Koh Tao and you MUST go snorkelling 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!

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#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!

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There a number of great photo opportunities at the Love Koh Tao viewpoint, including the @lovekohtao sign, the netted beds and the big colourful welcome sign. Love Koh Tao is one of my favourite things to do on Koh Tao, for a short visit in between beach hopping.

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#6 SAI NUAN BEACH

Sai Nuan Beach is one of my favourite, most unspoilt 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 Koh Tao beaches.

Sai Nuan Beach has an awesome tropical vibe about it. A cozy bay is shaded by a coconut palm tree forest with a slack line 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 enjoy 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 beaches.

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! 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!

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#8 KOH NANG YUAN BEACH

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.

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#9 CHALOK BAAN KAO BAY

Chalok Baan Kao Bay is one of the biggest and best Koh Tao beaches, perfect for an entire day of exploring and relaxing. I visited Chalok Beach Koh Tao at around 4pm in the afternoon and the long white sand beach was practically empty.

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 Koh Tao beaches.

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#10 MANGO VIEWPOINT

Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao is rated as one of the best Koh Tao viewpoints on the island, especially for sunset! Located high in the hills on Koh Tao island, 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.

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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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#11 TANOTE BAY

Tanote Bay is one of the more popular Koh Tao beaches, 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.

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 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 colourful corals and reasonably large fish just a few steps into the water.

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#12 SAI DAENG BEACH

Sai Daeng Beach is one of the best beaches on Koh Tao and a place where ultimate paradise can be found. Located on Koh Tao’s south coast, Sai Daeng Beach is the perfect spot to spend a day snorkelling the reefs, kayaking in the bay and working on your tan!

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Some of the clearest, turquoise waters can be found here at Sai Daeng Beach and colourful coral reefs are only a stone’s throw away from the 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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#13 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.

There are large boulders at Sunset View Point 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.

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#14 KOH NANG YUAN VIEWPOINT

The best adventure to be had on Koh Nang Yuan Island is hiking to the famous viewpoint that overlooks the entire island. It is 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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#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.

If you’re looking for a quiet beach away from crowds, head to this side of the island to discover the beauty of Hin Wong Bay, where the jungle meets the sea.

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WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO

Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Koh Tao to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao

Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort

Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel

For all other accommodations in Koh Tao, you can click HERE to search on booking.com

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 boat or ferry. From the mainland, there are daily boats leaving from either Chumphon or Surat Thani. Lomprayah is reputably the best boat/bus company to travel within Thailand, offering bus transfers and fast boat services to the islands.

To see boat/bus timetables, ticket costs and to book in advance, click here.

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