Discover Koh Thao - Koh Samui
Once upon a time, Koh Tao was known for backpackers that liked to dive, and beachgoers that liked to party. Nowadays, this little island draws more attention than it used to—this time from families, travelers and sports junkies alike! There are various hiking trails available for everyone, beach barbecues, fire shows and even trapeze-flying classes, for the extra-adventurous! For such a tiny island, Koh Tao has plenty of hidden activities and secrets that Trip Guru can definitely recommend for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable trip.
While there are picturesque views as a treat for those strong enough to brave the trek, the musically-talented travelers can show off their skills with a live jam session, the one activity that keeps people coming back for more is definitely scuba diving. Koh Tao is prepared with over 35 dive sites, 60 scuba schools, and inexpensive scuba diving certifications. Thailand is one of the few places in the world where you could spot a whale shark during the season, with the occasional bull shark.
A wetsuit is most recommended to help against potential cuts or injuries, and take care to avoid contact with coral reefs as much as possible. Some great dive locations around Koh Tao include Mango Bay, Green Rock, Ao Leuk, Shark Island, Lighthouse Bay and Japanese Gardens. If you would like to get your PADI certification, Koh Tao also offers various dive centers. Other fun activities include rock climbing, mini-golf, bowling, wake boarding, and yoga courses if you’re looking to find a gentler exercise to relax. When you want to take a break from diving, you can find bars all over the island, offering cocktails and dancing the night away into the early morning. A large selection of Thai food is readily available, including seafood, though barbecued fish is a local favorite. It’s a place that’s also friendly with other types of cuisine, as many of the island’s population include expats.
Koh Tao’s busiest moments are the Christmas season, New Year, and months from July to August. If you plan to come, book in advance, else it’s going to be very difficult to find a wallet-friendly option to stay. By air, the nearest airports are in Chumphon Airport, Pathio District, Chumphon and Ko Samui Airport, which both offer ferry connections to Koh Tao.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Had a great time here with my sister. We were just traveling around the island with a scooter. Did some snorkeling and saw the best marine life. It got a little quiet but however it was very relaxing and enjoyable. At night we'd go out hit up a few bars and drink the nights away with fun new friends and friendly locals.
What I loved most about Koh Thao is the mixture at the right pace that you can't really find anywhere else. I was first here with my family than a few friends caught up with us. So during the day we all went for snorkeling and diving around a bay called "Mango" Was a great dive sigh. At night, my friends and I would do a bit of partying and my family took my younger siblings to watch fire shows. Had a great time! Good for both friends and families!
My buddies and I had a blast here! There's a party on the shore and diving in the sea. Only problem was the crowd. There were times where we couldn't even move! Even in the off-season the place is filled with people.