What to do in Ko Tao
Sairee Beach, the place to be in Ko Tao
Whereas the Mae Haad Pier is at the west side of the island, this is evidently where most of the buzz is to be found! In any case, the beach to go is called Sairee Beach
. Alongside the coast is a pedestrian path with bars and shops on either side.
Pub Crawl Ko Tao
If you are the party kind of girl/guy, you definitely should join a Pub Crawl
(be prepared for the buckets!). You can book this through your hostel for example, or via a bar or online. Unlike the hangover that will only remind you the next morning, you get a free t-shirt as a memory for the long run.
Diving at Koh Tao
Looking for some adventure? Ko Tao is, without a doubt, thé place to go diving
. Get your PADI
at one of many diving schools. As a matter of fact, probably there is a diving school that teaches in your native language. Make sure to especially explore the South west pinnacle, the Japanese gardens and Chumphon pinnacle. Generally good chances to spot a whale shark there! Undoubtedly you will see beautiful corals, triggerfish, butterfly fish, angel fish and groupers (in all sizes, really).
Prices diving Ko Tao
To illustrate, you will pay around 8000 Baht (approx. US$250 / €210) for PADI Open Water or PADI Open Water Advanced. You can also pay 8600 Baht (approx. US$265 / €225) and have your accommodation is included.
is a great alternative to discover the underwater world of amazingly coloured stingrays, eels, see snakes, yellow snappers. At your lucky day you’ll spot a turtle or a whale shark.
Go for a hike at Ko Tao!
If you prefer action above sea level you certainly should go for a hike
! Above all, make sure you go prepared. Wear grippy comfortable shoes & clothes, a hat/cap, take water, snacks and some money with you and go for it. I did the Sairee – Tanote Hiking and Viewpoints ⛰
and I would surely recommend it (Google for: koh tao a complete guide hiking).
Make sure to pin the points in an offline map (like maps.me), as not much other information about this route will be available. For the same reason, navigation instinct required, but by all means worth it!
In detail, at point B (Two View Crossroads) you have to pay 100 Baht (approx. €2,60 / US$ 3,10) as the entrance fee to point C (Viewpoint Two View crossroads) and D (Viewpoint Tanote Peak). That is the entrance fee you pay to a lovely lady that is trying to save up for an asphalt roadway heading to the reservoir. She already has 6 meters (/ 20 feet) so your money is well spent. Even more, you even get a drink with it!