Exploring Koh Tao
Koh Tao is known as the divers island. One of the most quiet islands of the group. Still the island accommodates many tourists, so do not expect a Robinson-like experience. The island has several beach-front restaurants and bars, and in the evening you can take a stroll through the small streets near the beach where all merchandise is displayed on the sidewalks and where the shops are. Drink a cocktail or have some dinner at one of the many open beach spots on the sand and watch the sun go down. You will meet a lot of backpackers along the way on Sairee beach. Do you prefer a more quiet beach? Try Sai Nuan beach.
Picture: Sairee beach, Koh Tao
Diving at Koh Tao
Most of the dive- schools are located at the big beach Hat Sai Ri. You can take dive lessons there or even get your Padi. Also for snorkeling there are a lot of possibilities. The island is surrounded by clear waters, reefs and small islands. All in all a perfect place to discover the underwater world through diving or snorkeling.
Viewing points at and around Koh Tao
The island has two spectacular viewpoints: John Suwan viewpoint and Mango viewpoint. To reach Mango viewpoint, a serious climb is required. The John Suwan viewpoint is more easily accessible.
Another amazing viewpoint is located on the nearby tiny island Koh Nang Yuan. On Koh Tao you can easily book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan. The walk to the viewpoint is not an actual climb, but you have to have some stamina, or just take your time. Note that the beach looks lovely, but in reality, it is usually packed with day-trip tourists. For our blog on Koh Nang Yuan, click here.
Picture: Viewpoint at Koh Nang Yuan
How to get there
From Bangkok, you can catch a (night) train or bus to Chumphon, a southern Thai province. At Chumphon, you can catch a ferry to the islands such as koh Samui, Koh Pagnang and Koh Tao. The ferry organization ‘Lompraya’ is the most well-known and has the fastest boats. To book your Lompraya ferry tickets, click here. Practical tip: if you arrange your boat ride back on the island once there, make sure that they sell you a ticket with the fast boat, otherwise you will end up on an old boat which takes hours to arrive back at Chumphon.
Hey, but wait! What about Chumphon?!
It is worth mentioning that the Chumphon region itself is worth a visit too if you would like to escape touristic Thailand. In Chumphon, you can explore for days without bumping in to any foreigners. Perhaps spent a few days in Chumphon before heading off to the islands.
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