Welcome to Koh Tao
My favorite place in all of Thailand! And the perfect place to relax for a couple of days after the Full Moon Party.
Situated off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Tao is a small little magnificent Island just north of Koh Samui and Koh Phangon. It is the perfect relax Island filled with Absolutely stunning views of the ocean off of scenic cliffs, scuba diving, snorkeling and beach bars. There is a plethora of little beach cottages you can rent and the food is delicious and nutritious.
The one thing that you should know before landing on Koh Tao though is that, you are not allowed to barter on this island. The locals will get extremely mad at you if you try. My British friend got punched in the face by a taxi driver after he tried to barter the driver down 100 bhat. And an Aussie friend of mine tried to barter at a clothing store and the lady that owned it hit her with a broom and called the police. She ended up having to leave the island immediately.
When on Koh Tao I like to stay at Montra Resort. It’s about $60 a night but the rooms are absolutely huge, clean well furnished and it’s got an absolutely gigantic swimming pool that overlooks the ocean. It is a gorgeous Hotel. It’s a bit of a walk to the main party areas but nothing you can’t handle. However if you are on more of a budget there are plenty of amazing cheaper options for sure.
It is also a must, to hit the Koh Tao pub crawl. An extravaganza that starts off at a live music bar and then heads to a lady boy burlesque show, which is absolutely hilarious and entertaining and then they shuffle you off to a pool party bar which is an absolute blast of a time. Then you head to a club to end the night there. If you are not absolutely Intoxicated and hadn’t made many new International friends by the end of this then you didn’t do it right. And plus when you pay the fee you get to keep the cool Koh Tao singlet which is a must-have souvenir to take home with you to make all your friends jealous.
Another absolute must do is rent a scooter or a dirt bike and tour around the island. There are many, many magnificent beaches and amazing snorkeling spots hidden around the island. But the island is actually filled with shear cliffs and extreme grades of roads, so if you’re planning to go to the top, then you must rent a dirt bike. Do not attempt to go up the steep grades with scooters. I have had many friends Bail their rented scooters off of the sides of cliffs and have to pay $2,000 to the rental shop for a brand new scooter. Since you have to hand over your passport in most cases to rent a scooter or bike.
Another must see and do when you are on Koh Tao is to take a taxi boat over to Koh Nang Yuan and hike up to the Viewpoint. In the 45 plus degree weather you will be sweating buckets, so pack lots of water with you. You’ve probably seen the pictures on the internet before but it is an absolutely breathtaking View.
For after dusk entertainment, head down to Lotus beach bar and watch the fire dancers do their thing while drinking on the beach and making new friends. Then head over to Fish Bowls Club where they have a whole bunch of crazy pictures on the wall and grab yourself some balloons filled with laughing gas and have a great time.
Many people flock to Koh Tao in order to get certified in scuba diving. You can get your license in 5 days from what I understand. I personally havnt done it yet. Not that I need a specific reason to go back to Koh Tao, but that would be a good one.
Koh Tao – Thailand
Landscape – 10/10
Price – $$$
Alcohol Price – $$
Food – 9/10