One of the Islands that make up the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The island is the perfect retreat for a quiet relaxed island life during the day and a party scene at night. This island draws in Divers from all over the world due to its world class marine life. The island is host to a lot of long term backpackers who have made Koh Tao their temporary home.

Koh Tao


How to get to Koh Tao


Getting to Koh Tao will always involve getting a Boat from somewhere, whether its Koh Samui, Surat Thani, or Chumphon.


The company that we would recommend is Lomprayah, there are others out there but this for us looked and felt the safest. They do transfers from many locations around Thailand


Getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao

  • Pick up from the Lomprayah office on Koh san road at 6am (5.50am for registration)

  • 7 hour bus journey to Chumphon pier

  • Catamaran to Koh Tao, (then on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan)

  • Once at the jetty in Koh Tao, you can get a taxi to you accommodation. or you can pre book with you hotel, they mostly offer free pickups from the jetty.

Getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao by air and boat

  • Fly from Bangkok airport, either BKK or the domestic airport. Flight time is around 50 minutes

  • Fly to either Koh Samui or Surat Thani

  • Board a catamaran from either of these locations to Koh Tao using Lomprayah


Where to stay in Koh Tao


Koh Tao is a tiny island, there are 2 main part to the island side by side. There are other places but are less populated.


  • Mae Head Pier - This is the main pier for the island so is the most heavily populated, a lot of hotels are based here. There are also a lot of bars and restaurants. The beaches at this side of the town are not as great as Sairee beach


  • Sairee Beach – This is the beach where it is more laid back, there are several roads where its lined with bars but the main thing to do here in the diving trips


  • Koh Nang Yuan - There is only one hotel in this extension to Koh Tao, it can be very expensive, but very exclusive.


What to do in Koh Tao


  • PADI  open water diving course - Sharpen up on your diving skills or start your diving experience here as a beginner. Koh Toa has the best diving spots in Thailand. Courses range from a one day taster to 4 days open water course.


  • Sairee Beach - Relax on Sairee beach in the day and party on it at night, with entertainment from the hotels, and fire throwers coming to please the crowds.


  • Koh Nang Yuan - Take a fishing boat to the small island that is preserved so well. Gets very touristy, but great for snorkelling


  • Snorkelling - There are lots of locations where you can just walk foo the beach and go snorkelling, but the best way is to go out on a boat to a reef.


  • Ride a motorbike around the island (not recommended with children as there are no helmets provided for them)

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