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6 Best Things To Do In Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is a small island on the western shore of the gulf of Thailand. Part of the Chumphon Archipelago, it covers an area of just 8 square miles.

This popular tourist destination is well known as a great place for snorkelling and diving. With stunning coral reefs that are home to turtles, stingrays, barracudas, whale sharks and more.

The island has plenty of dive shops and instructors to cater for all the underwater activities on offer. As well as some great restaurants and night spots.

It’s also home to some beautiful beaches and scenic hikes that take you to spectacular viewpoints.

We spent several days exploring all the best things to do on Koh Tao. So from the beaches to the viewpoints, here’s everything you need to plan your trip.

1. Beach Hop

If you’re on the hunt for some of the best beaches in Thailand then look no further.

Koh Tao is not quite as touristy as Koh Samui or Koh Phangan but is known for its pristine beaches as well as some great snorkelling and diving.

With beautiful coral reefs full of turtles, barracudas, stingrays and more, many people find it just too tempting not to visit.

Of course, when you eventually make it to Koh Tao you’re definitely going to want to enjoy the stunning beaches it has on offer.

So, from the most popular Sairee Beach, to the cliff jumping at Tanote Bay, we’ve picked out our best of the bunch and why to visit each of the 7 best beaches Koh Tao.

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You can see how happy the Koh Tao Beaches make Lauren!

2. Go Diving

Turtle Island, as it’s also known, is famous for its diving which is one the hottest things to do on the island.

Many tourists flock here every year to explore the underwater world and hopefully get on their way to becoming certified divers.

With dive and snorkel shops lined up along the coast and all throughout town there are plenty of options.

However if you’re looking to book with a trusted diving school in advance, we recommend LBD Diving.

They have great options available to book online in advance. Such as an Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course for those looking to become an independent diver in just few days.

Or the Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience for those simply looking to tick it off their bucket list!

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Diving is definitely one of the top things to do on Koh Tao

3. Visit Koh Nang Yuan Island

Koh Nang Yuan Island, apart from diving, has become one of the main reasons tourists flock to Koh Tao every year.

Many people choose to get the early taxi boats from Sairee Beach and spend the whole day lapping up the sun on the soft-sand paradise.

Some choose to visit on a day trip from Koh Samui, for which you can book a Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan Day Trip by Speedboat in advance.

There are a few separate swimming areas on Koh Nang Yuan.

One is more for snorkelling where you can find a Japanese Garden and many tropical fish. The others are where people tend to just chill out and relax.

Apart from that, you can take a day of rest and enjoy one of the best beaches on the island.

And DON’T forget to check out the famous Koh Tao viewpoint.

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The views from the top of Koh Nang Yuan Island

4. Hike John Suwan Viewpoint

John Suwan Viewpoint is easily the most well known viewpoint accessible to the public on Koh Tao.

It get’s quite busy at the top as it’s becoming more and more popular amongst tourists. Although it’s well worth the visit.

It’s a small hike to the summit. It takes around 15-20 minutes in total and the trek is of fairly mediocre level. The real battle though is against the heat and humidity!

Overlooking both Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Shark Bay, the view goes on for miles and is one of the best viewpoints in the South Thai Islands.

John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao Viewpoints
John Suwan Viewpoint is definitely worth adding to your things to do on Koh Tao list

5. Relax At Love Koh Tao

The most romantic of the Koh Tao Viewpoints, this is the perfect destination if you are looking for something to do as a couple.

This incredible panoramic spot at Love Koh Tao has everything you need for a relaxing afternoon.

The charming terrace cafe overlooks Tanote Bay, on the east coast of the island, and offers some spectacular photo opportunities.

With picturesque views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and ice-cold fruit shakes of offer, it’s the perfect place to wind-down and spend a few peaceful moments.

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An awesome way to spend an afternoon

6. Catch A Sairee Beach Sunset

Do not miss this from your things to do on Koh Tao list!

Sairee Beach is a huge 2km stretch of sand located on the West side of the island.

It’s up there with one of the best beaches on Koh Tao as it’s definitely the most popular spot for sunset on the island.

Bean bags are lined up along the beachfront restaurants and fairy lights line the palm trees. It’s a super family friendly spot in the evenings!

There are swings and oddly shaped palm trees along the beach that make for a perfect photo opportunity and the ideal place to base yourself for your island visit.

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Admiring the sunsets – definitely one of the best things to do on Koh Tao

Where To Stay In Koh Tao


The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers one-bedroom villas in Ko Tao, 2.6 miles from Mango Bay.

Guests have access to free WiFi in all areas. Private parking is available for those who drive and is free of charge.

Featuring a dining area at its spacious terrace, the villa boasts a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can find a wide-range of cooking equipment.

The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool where guests can indulge in while enjoying the mountain and beach views.

Premium shower amenities are provided for guests’ comfort. The living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Free use of bicycles is available for guests to explore the city.


Simple Life Cliff View Resort

Located in Ko Tao, less than 0.6 miles from Mae Haad Pier, Simple Life Cliff View Resort provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar.

With free WiFi, this 3-star resort offers a private beach area and room service. The resort has a garden and offers a terrace.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the resort.


Tommy Resort Koh Tao

Tommy Resort Koh Tao is located between Mae Had Bay and Sai Ree Bay, 100 yards away from a beach.

Offering clean and comfortable bungalow, the resort has a tour desk and motorbike rental services.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby area and on-site parking is provided.

The property is a 5-minute walk to a local market, restaurants and a spa centre. It is 10 minutes from Nangyuan Island by a speedboat and 1.5 hr from Ko Phangan by a ferry.

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