Who is not dreaming about diving in Maldives? Or what about a liveaboard in Raja Ampat. Some of the most amazing scuba diving destinations in the world that I have been to, but I never dove there. Why not? Long lasting ear problems are keeping me out of the water now for almost 4 years.
Of course scuba diving will always be the main tourist drag simply because it is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your PADI. But there are more things to do in Koh Tao besides scuba diving! Since I have spent so much time in this little paradise I will reveal the list of the coolest Koh Tao things to do according to ‘locals’.
To be honest I think there are too many cool places to see in Thailand and to see the most of the country I would suggest 4 weeks around the country and a couple cheap domestic flights in Thailand. Though it is understandable that not everyone has the time and the money to travel to Thailand for 4 weeks. As there are so many different things to do I cannot just name the best Thailand itinerary. 14 Days is too short to see everything, but it is possible to squeeze in the highlights.
The time that this little island was solely a diving paradise is long gone! Just like any other popular island in Thailand many tourists and travelers are finding its way to this tiny little nirvana in the Gulf of Thailand. Nowadays not only for the amazing underwater world anymore: hiking to an amazing Koh Tao viewpoint is getting more and more popular.
After a little research you know which are the best islands to visit in Thailand and the most appealing to you but now you are stuck making an island hopping Thailand itinerary. I admit it is not easy to decide how long to stay on each island, but we all want a rough schedule, right?
You only have a couple days on the island and dont know where to go out in Koh Tao? With this little guide I will give you some insider tips and the best restaurants in Koh Tao. I have lived on 'the Rock' for 4 months and visited 5 times, I think I know most places by now. You are spoilt for choice with upscale dining, local Thai cuisine, party places, live music and of course beach lounge bars, most of them all clustered around Sairee Beach. Koh Tao is developing more and more and new places are popping up all the time!
Looking for a hidden gem in Thailand? Somewhere to fully enjoy your holiday and relax with your partner? Want to unwind from stressful corporate life on one of the best islands to visit in Thailand? Then this charming hotel might be something for you! The isolated Bamboo Huts Resort is one of the best places to stay in Koh Tao. Start your stress free holiday here. Located on the rocks of the southwest coast of the island all bungalows have a prima oceanfront location with magnificent ocean views. Because every bungalow is facing west great sunsets are guaranteed.
Island hopping Thailand is probably one of the most popular holiday packages in Asia for young people. Everyone once heard stories about the Full Moon party, crazy nights in Koh Phi Phi or the early mornings in Phuket. But it is not only about partying, there are way more things to do in Thailand than just getting drunk. Let me show you the best islands in to travel in this amazing country. Im sure you will find the right one in this list.
In the last couple years I have visited Koh Tao many times and even lived there for a while and it is great you guys are all asking me for Koh Tao tips. More than happy to help you enjoying this island as much as I did. Regarding transportation I will explain you how to get to Koh Tao in the most convenient way. There is no airport on the tiny hilly island so it's actually it is pretty straightforward since there is only one way: taking a boat to Koh Tao. But of course there are many routes to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao. When traveling to Thailand make sure you include this little paradise to your island hopping itinerary.
Unfortunately another tragic accident occurred on Koh Tao in January 2018 with a British traveller was found death in a hotel pool. There are a lot of rumors going around but no one really knows what happened. Fact is that they found another dead body, one of the many tourist deaths in Thailand per year. Koh Tao was already struggling with a very bad reputation after the Koh Tao murders in September 2014 when a British couple was killed and left behind on Sairee Beach, one of the most popular tourist spots on Koh Tao.
Although I had 3 amazing days in Koh Samui I can’t wait to go home! Yes, this is how I feel when I am boarding a boat to Koh Tao. Right now I am on the Lompraya high-speed ferry that takes me from Koh Samui to Koh Tao in 2 hours for $17. It was my 3th time visiting Koh Samui, I really like it, but what I learned in 3 days Samui? I really adore Koh Tao, by far my favorite island of the Thai east coast!
Why do you think people on Tripadvisor chose this as the most romantic hotel in the world 2015? No explanation needed, right? This picture says it all! As I was staying two months on the island, I was looking for the best Koh Tao hotels and I wanted to find some spots on the island that were not really well known yet to the big audience. Checking out some places to stay in Koh Tao I stumbled upon this incredibly luxurious boutique villa resort named ‘The Place’.
Island hopping Thailand is probably the most popular first big trip for young travellers and I can totally understand why! Some may say the islands are overcrowded and the authentic Thai lifestyle is gone. I am the last one to deny this as it definitely changed a lot over the years but I am guilty as well. A Thailand island Hopping adventure is always calling and I have never been able to say no to its beauty and the amazing travel vibe on every trip to the islands in Thailand.
Renting a motorbike in Koh Tao is a must if you want to see the hidden gems of the island. Though at the same time this island is very infamous for its motorbike scams. So what to do? Miss the cool spots? Or take a leap of faith and go for it?
Things are changing in Koh Tao. Where it has always been an exclusive divers paradise, more and more people make the trip to the island not only for the diving. It still is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your Open Water certification and loads of young adventurers do so, but it is not only those travelers that take a boat to Koh Tao. An increasingly amount of islands hoppers come to experience the laid-back vibe, to snorkel in the stunning remote bays, party on the beach or just chill out and watch incredible sunsets.