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.
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.
Turtle Island, as it’s also known, is famous for its diving and 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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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