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It's easy to see why travellers come to Ko Tao seeking a few days' R&R and end up staying for weeks or months at a time. The island's laid-back vibe is catching, the food surpasses expectation and the diving is out of this world. Expect to fall in love with this slice of paradise in a big way.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

14 Places

4 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Through The Looking Glass

Restaurants

Aow Leuk Bay

Bodies of Water

Ao Tanot Bay

Beaches

Sai Nuan Beach

Beaches

Koh Nang Yuan

Islands

The Gallery Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

Morning View Coffee & Bakery

Restaurants

Roctopus Dive

Scuba & Snorkeling

FIZZ beachlounge

Restaurants

Maya Beach Club

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Koh Tao Simple Life Resort

Hotels

Onsight Climbing - 1 Day Trip

Hiking Trails, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Climbing Tours, Other Outdoor Activities

Flying Trapeze with Goodtime Adventures

Lessons & Workshops, Other Outdoor Activities

Los Pollos Hermanos

Restaurants

Hayley G's City Tips

  • Taxis can be expensive, at around 400 Baht from the pier to Sairee Beach (the main tourist area). Ask if your hotel or dive school can arrange a pickup from the pier.
  • Hire a longtail boat to take you around the whole of the island for a half or a full day.
  • The best way to see the island is to rent a motorbike but watch out for the roads which can be in bad condition, and the many motorbike rental scams in the area.
  • Never give your passport as a holding deposit on a bike. If you damage it, you could be held to ransom for hundreds of dollars.
    Day 1
  • Through The Looking Glass
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Start your day off right with a trip to Through The Looking Glass, one of the best places in Ko Tao to pick up a bacon and egg butty or a delicious banana muffin. The guys who work here are really friendly too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • See their daily specials - cakes, brownies, muffins, pies, pasties... It's all here!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 211 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Avoid going there! 09/11/2018
    • Went back for more!! 08/10/2018
    • Through The Looking Glass
    Address:
    Sairee beach
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 61 192 6126
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Aow Leuk Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Hayley G Says:

    Today is a beach day and after checking out the main beach of Sairee, hire a motorbike or longtail boat to get you around the island. Some of my favourites beaches are Shark Beach (and Shark Bay and Island for snorkelling), as well as Freedom Beach. Make sure to build these into your itinerary too. Hire a snorkel and head for Aow Leuk Bay. It's tricky to get to by bike (watch out for the hills), but the snorkelling is incredible!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You'll need to be a fairly experienced biker to get here, otherwise a boat is a better option.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 22 things to do in Koh Tao
    • Plastic Paradise 19/03/2019
    • Good snorkelling 17/02/2019
    • Aow Leuk Bay
    Other:
  • Ao Tanot Bay
    Beaches
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    Hayley G Says:

    Clear water, shallow corals and tons of tropical fish mean that Ao Tanot is definitely a must-see! If you have longer I'd recommend staying a night or two on this beach and taking advantage of its gorgeous sunrises.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a few small resorts and bars to grab lunch if you're hungry.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Endangered Beach/ecosystem 19/03/2019
    • Nice beach 18/03/2019
    • Ao Tanot Bay
  • Sai Nuan Beach
    Beaches
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    Hayley G Says:

    Sai Nuan is a hidden gem, and relatively undiscovered so you'll probably find that you have the place to yourself. If you're lucky you might spot a baby shark off the coast too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring plenty of sunscreen and water.
    • Don't miss the cool giant swing!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet and beautiful, good restaurants around 26/07/2018
    • Secluded and Beautiful 16/04/2018
    • Sai Nuan Beach
  • Koh Nang Yuan
    Islands
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    Hayley G Says:

    This trio of islands off the coast of Ko Tao is connected by two sand banks. It has some amazing snorkelling and dive spots or you can just chill on the sandy strip.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go after 3pm to avoid the crush of tourists.
    • Hike to the viewpoint for wonderful views over the island.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Koh Tao
    • Overall did not dissappoint 16/03/2019
    • Stunning but too crowded 15/03/2019
    • Koh Nang Yuan
    Phone:
    +66 87 011 5281
    Other:
  • The Gallery Restaurant
    Restaurants (Thai)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Part restaurant, part art gallery, this place serves some seriously delicious gourmet Thai food with a funky and relaxed atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The fish and seafood are incredible.
    • Don't miss a visit to the art gallery afterwards to see some of the most amazing underwater photography displays and meet Chris, the owner and his cute pets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 211 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Thai Food 17/03/2019
    • Excellent authentic food and service 16/03/2019
    • The Gallery Restaurant
    Address:
    10/46 Moo 1 Sairee Village
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 547
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Morning View Coffee & Bakery
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    Hayley G Says:

    My favourite place on the island for breakfast, the staff are friendly and the food is good. It's also on the road leading up to your next stop, Roctopus Dive.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The banana porridge is massive and will keep you full for your dive today.
    • Buy a muffin to take as a snack if you think you'll be hungry out on the dive.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 211 restaurants in Koh Tao
    • Cheap and delcious Iced Latte 03/01/2019
    • Good 31/10/2018
    • Morning View Coffee & Bakery
    Address:
    Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 87 024 8770
    Other:
  • Roctopus Dive
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Hayley G Says:

    You can't visit Ko Tao and not go diving. That would be like going to Rome and missing the Colosseum! The best dive school on the island has to be Roctopus. Their fun attitude and high safety standards mean that you'll have a dive to remember.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you have longer, make sure you take your Open Water Dive course, and maybe even your Advanced Adventurer too!
    • If you only have one day, you can book a fun dive. Just make sure you book a day or so ahead of time.
    • There are usually two dive outings a day - 6am and 10.30am so you can choose which one suits you best.
    • Most Sundays you'll have the opportunity to go to Sail Rock, a pinnacle between Ko Tao and Koh Phangan. Don't miss this if you happen to be there on a Sunday!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 105 Tours in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Dive! 19/03/2019
    • 11/10! 18/03/2019
    • Roctopus Dive
    Address:
    11/2 Moo 1
    Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 611
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • FIZZ beachlounge
    Restaurants (Bar, European, Asian, Thai, International)
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    Hayley G Says:

    After all that diving, you'll probably be hungry. FIZZ is the place to get some delicious food, happy hour cocktails and beers, and watch the sun go down.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The meatballs and the chicken wrapped in parma ham are the best!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 211 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicken samosa! 16/03/2019
    • Nice Location, Poor Service 10/03/2019
    • FIZZ beachlounge
    Address:
    Sairee Beach
    Behind Silversands Resort
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 87 887 9495
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Maya Beach Club
    Bars & Clubs
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    Hayley G Says:

    After the sun has set, walk left along the beach until you hit Maya. It's a brilliant place for a few drinks on the beach, or even some dancing inside.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Roctopus have regular BBQ nights here so ask to see if there's one going on when you're visiting.
    • There are also regular fire dancers and shows for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 25 Nightlife in Koh Tao
    • Great afternoon 31/01/2019
    • Best beach bar on the island!! By FAR! 30/01/2019
    • Maya Beach Club
    Address:
    South Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao 84280
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 85 786 6615
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
    Hotels
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    Hayley G Says:

    The morning after the night before starts with a massage at Simple Life Resort. There are plenty of massage houses in Sairee Beach, but Simple Life is one of the better ones.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You can't go wrong with a good old fashioned Thai massage.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing value for money 03/03/2019
    • Not so pleased 15/02/2019
    • Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
    Address:
    14/11 Moo 1
    Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
  • Onsight Climbing - 1 Day Trip
    Hiking Trails, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Climbing Tours, Other Outdoor Activities
    Hayley G Says:

    If you're looking for a real adventure, then try a one day climbing tour with Onsight climbing ranging from absolute beginner to advanced climber.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lots of different courses are available, from rock climbing to bouldering and even soloing.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 19 Nature & Parks in Koh Tao
    • what an experience 20/02/2017
    • Great Day Out, OnSight Rocks!! 10/06/2015
    • Onsight Climbing - 1 Day Trip
    Phone:
    +66 98 681 1965
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Other:
  • Flying Trapeze with Goodtime Adventures
    Lessons & Workshops, Other Outdoor Activities
    See more photos
    Hayley G Says:

    If rock climbing isn't your thing but you still want the thrill of doing something outside your comfort zone, then have a go at the Flying Trapeze. Their experienced team will have you flying through the air like a pro in no time!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The best place to start is with a 1.5 hour beginner class.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 3 Classes & Workshops in Koh Tao
    • Voted "most fun thing in Thailand" 09/07/2018
    • What a high! 05/03/2018
    • Flying Trapeze with Goodtime Adventures
    Address:
    Sairee Main Road
    Opposite Prik Thai, Adjacent to Navy Houses
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 696 9269
    Other:
  • Los Pollos Hermanos
    Restaurants (Bar, Grill, Healthy)
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    Hayley G Says:

    Think 'Nandos', but perhaps even better. Los Pollos Hermanos serves delicious peri peri spiced chicken and all the sides you've come to love - corn, sweet potato fries and home made coleslaw. It's a little hard to find (go up the road opposite 7/11 by Brothers, take a left at Asia Divers and then left again at the big bamboo sign), but the walk is worth it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Yes, the name comes from Breaking Bad - they even have a 'Heizenburger' on the menu.
    • The service staff are fantastic - hilarious and super friendly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Doesn't exist anymore 11/07/2017
    • Great for veggies too 22/04/2016
    • Los Pollos Hermanos
    Address:
    Nay Pon Road
    Sairee
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 62 212 9136
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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