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Sensi Paradise Beach Resort
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The only way to get to Koh Tao is by boat. Services run from the mainland leaving chumphon and Surat Thani, and from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan ... see more

A combined bus/boat ticket
The cheapest and most popular way, there are tow companies who offer this service, Lomprayah Catamaran and Songserm Express ... see more

* Direct flight to Chumphon.
* Direct flight to Koh Samui.
* Direct flight to Surat Thani.

Direct flight to Chumphon - Followed by bus and ferry transfer to Koh Tao.
Nok Air operate daily flights between Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok and Chumphon airport with van transfer for the 35 minute ride to the ferry terminal ... see more

At Bangkok railway station (Hua Lamphong) you will find a color marked ticket counter on the left side of the counters. There you can buy the combined tickets ... see more


Guide to Koh Tao

Koh Tao [Tao Island], or Turtle Island, is a diver's paradise. It is located between Surat Thani and Chumpon provinces and only a 2 hour boat ride north of Koh Samui. It has been dabbed the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. Abounding with beautiful bays, white sand beaches, beautiful coastal rocks and crystal clear water, Koh Tao is simply a heaven on earth. A plethora of seaborne activities are waiting to be discovered. There are many diving schools on the island if you don’t know how to dive and want to explore the underwater world which is said to best in the Gulf of Thailand. On land, you can enjoy fresh seafood at restaurant, sipping tropical cocktails in a bar by the beach or going shopping for some souvenirs. Relaxing body and mind at spa or some active sports are also available for those who would like to get the adrenaline running. Koh Tao offers a wide range of accommodations from budget to upscale to suit all types of needs.

Top things to do in Koh Tao

A spectacular view of Sairee Beach

West of Koh Tao Sairee Beach Sairee's white sandy beach stretches about 1.7 km over most of the west coast. The longest and most popular beach on the island stretches from the statue of Rama IV in the south to the headland at the far north, almost opposite Koh Nang Yuan Mae Haad is only a 10 min walk away. Being the most popular ...

Koh Nang Yuan View Point

North West of Koh Tao Nangyuan Island One of the most visited view point on Koh Nang Yuan is Koh Nangyuan View Point. It takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the viewpoint. Simply follow the signs that say Viewpoint and you will be rewarded with excellent views and great photo opportunities. Koh Nangyuan is a beautiful place to relax ...

Koh Tao Scuba Adventure

South West of Koh Tao Scuba Adventure exploring dive sites Sothwest Pinnacale situated 13 km southwest, depth ranging from 30 m upward, a series of seven pinnacles form an underwater mountain range, with the largest peaks rising at 5 m below the surface, covered with sea anemones. Along the lower edges of the site is an abundance of whip coral and gardens of large sea ...

Sailing Cruises & Yacht Charters

Koh Tao, Koh Samui Sailing Cruises & Yacht Charters Relaxing and enjoy a beautiful sailing cruise together with your family and friends. Cruising along the coastline including a stop for snorkeling or cruising into the sunset. Koh Tao gained it's popularity as a tourist destination as it has been renown for the highest quality diving destinations for obtaining ...

Kayaking & Canoeing Adventure

Around Koh Tao Sea Kayaking Adventure Explore the beauty of the coastline is fun by kayaking. Sea Kayaking is fun and easy for everyone to enjoy independently. Half day trips from Koh Tao can take you along the south west to shark island and back. The more adventurous can take a day and paddle the whole island to check out some ...

Visit Amazing Koh Nang Yuan

North West of Koh Tao Visit Amazing Koh Nang Yuan Koh Nang Yuan is a small island and located only 15 minutes from Koh Tao. It is famous for its diving spots and its great snorkeling beach. Many day trippers come from the islands of Ko Tao, Ko Phangan and Koh Samui. Koh Nang Yuan consist of two main pinnacles and a small deeper "little brother". A prefect ...

Relaxing with Thai Massage & Spa Treatment

Mae Haad Relaxing with Thai Massage & Spa Treatment Holidays are all about relaxation and revitalization. Spa & Massage is the ideal place your body and mind. Koh Tao is widely known to be one of the most relaxing places in Thailand! Koh Tao is definitely the right place for you. Koh Tao has a great selection of spas with a wide range of treatments and facilities ...

Yoga for Peace

Sairee Beach Yoga for Peace at Koh Tao There are many different reasons why people practice yoga. Some are looking for more flexibility and others for a fitter healthier body. Others may be looking for peace of mind, while others are looking for spiritual answers. Yoga is really great and healthy for people of all ages. Koh Tao allows the choice of ...

Discover Rock Climbing

Mek's Mountain, Koh Tao Rock Climbing Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport which requires strength of the body in particular hands and arms to support the weight and ascend a steep object, natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. Koh Tao is fast becoming a rock climbing. The island is basically a pile of large granite ...

Mae Haad Beach - Experience the calm waters

North West of Koh Tao Mae Haad Baech This is a very pretty beach, all boats arrive here. Naturally highly developed, but still managed to keep some of its old fishing village charm. Money exchange, post office, government office & health center are in Mae Haad and lots of travel agents, supermarkets, bike rentals, restaurants and party ...

Water Skiing & Wake Boarding

Around Koh Tao Water Skiing and Wakeboard Surfing Wake board, water ski, knee board or a tube ride: experience the calm waters around Koh Tao bouncing along behind out speed boat. If you love water life above the surface then you might like to try your hand at Wake Boarding or Water skiing or maybe even knee boarding or a tube ride. The boat holds ...

John – Suwan Mountain View Point

Chalok Baan Kao John - Suwan Mountain Viewpoint It is a viewpoint that most tourists won't miss when they have chance to visit Koh Tao as from here they can see the very impressive scenery of Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Thian Og Bay John-Suwan is named after two friends, Mr. John and Mr. Suwan, who found a viewpoint overlooking two beaches ...

Deep Sea Fishing

Mae Haad Beach Deep Sea Fishing Fishing is a relaxing activity to do on your holiday. Koh Tao offers opportunities to go fishing in the deep water as well as freshwater. There are a few different options if you like to go out fishing around Koh Tao You can either rent your own long-tail boat with a local captain that provides you with the ...

Jansom Bay

West of Koh Tao Jansom Bay Private bay with an exclusive, beautiful up-market resort and a budget bungalow. Only a 10 min walk from Mae Haad Bay. Jansom Bay is a small protected cove offering it's visitors a great place to relax and snorkel. It's especially good for kids because there is no currents and the water is clear ...

Koh Tao Offroad ATV or Quad bikes

Chalok Baan Khao Koh Tao Offroad ATV ATV or quad bike is a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. ATVs are designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles, such beaches, rivers, creeks, country roads and even deserts. ATVs ...

Koh Tao Leisure Park - Bowling & Mini Golf

Mae Haad and Chaloke Baan Kao Koh Tao Leisure Park Koh Tao bowling and mini golf is great fun for people of all ages. It's really makes you smile and think of the Flintstones. There are 9 challenging holes to conquer on the out-door golf course with a few being frustratingly difficult. The in-door bowling lanes have a surprise at the end which you should ...

Thai Boxing

Sairee Village Thai Boxing Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on foot is known as "the art of eight weapons", more people worldwide are becoming ...

Thai Cooking Course

Sairee Village Thai Cooking Course A chance to get a better understanding of the ingredients used in Thai food and how to cook it is available on Tao. The popular dishes to learn are for example Green Curry, Hot and Sour Soup and Papaya Salad Thai food is always popular and this has in turn led to several schools that offer cooking ...

Chalok Baan Kao View Point

South of Koh Tao Chalok Baan Kao View Point Chalok Baan Kao viewpoint is located at Paradise zone of Koh Tao Resort. There is a party every Saturday night. This place is one of the best viewpoints to observe a beautiful sunset on Koh Tao. This viewpoint has lots of hundred years old giant cycads which give spectacular view. At this viewpoint, you can see ...

Tanote Bay

East of Koh Tao Tanote Bay Well preserved bay away from the crowds with excellent snorkeling. Tanote Bay is located south of Laem Thian in a protected bay, superb for snorkelers. The reef slopes from around 2 meters below sea level to around 18 meters. Tanote Bay is a beautiful, secluded, pristine white sand beach, nestled ...

Thian Og Beach (Rocky Bay)

South East of Koh Tao Haad Tien Beach (Rocky Bay) Ao Thian Og is located in eastern coast of koh Tao between Tanote bay and Hin Wong bay. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Tao, and a very quiet spot which rarely gets very busy. Ao Thian Og is perfect for chilling out and enjoying the serene side of Koh Tao. The sea water is absolutely ...

Ao Leuk Bay

South East of Koh Tao Ao Leuk Bay Ao Leuk is a beautiful big bay located on the way to Tanote bay, you can experience real solitude and serenity, which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. A great place to spend a day, week or month to snorkel, swimming or just hang around on on the beach and watch the coconut ...

White Rock

Sairee Beach White Rock A very popular dive site located 1 km off Sairee Beach. It boasts a large coral garden situated between two distinct granite pinnacles to the north and south side and a vast array of bottom day time and nocturnal inhabitants, With a depth range of 26 m to 5 m, it is suitable for every experience level. White ...

Mango Bay

North of Koh Tao Mango Bay Mango Bay is located with a magnificent view of what is probably Koh Tao's most beautiful bay. The only bay in the North and can be reached by a car or motobike or easy way to go by longtail boat. The landscape consists of high rocky cliffs and lush green hillsides rising up from the water's edge and ...

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Snorkeling & Diving Trip

Snorkeling & Diving Trip

Koh Tao provides great diving in all of south east Asia and is most popular, and is one of the top 10 place for diving site. Koh Tao has loads of beach dive sites, but 2 major dive sites are shark island and southwest pinnacle. The famous ...

Type : Snorkeling & Diving
Location : Town of Mae Haad
Contact : Big Blue Diving Thailand
Tel. : 0 774 5617
Relaxing with Massage & Spa Treatment

Relaxing with Massage & Spa Treatment

Holidays are all about relaxation and revitalization. Spa & Massage is the ideal place your body and mind. Koh Tao is widely known to be one of the most relaxing places in Thailand! Koh Tao is definitely the right place for you. Koh Tao ...

Type : Spa & Massage
Location : Haad Thian Bay
Contact : Jamahkiri Spa
Tel. : 0 7745 6400
Kayaking & Canoeing Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing Trip

Holidays are all about relaxation and revitalization. Spa & Massage is the ideal place your body and mind. Koh Tao is widely known to be one of the most relaxing places in Thailand! Koh Tao is definitely the right place for you. Koh Tao ...

Type : Water Sport
Location : Mae Haad Beach
Contact : Black Tip Watersports
Tel. : 0 7745 6204, 0 7745 6488

Recommended Restaurant


Koh Tao's Finest Seafood Restaurant and Bar" Located in the centre of Sairee Beach, Barracuda is a laid back and stylish dining alternative. Specializing in a large selection of seafood and Thai style fusion dishes within extensive menu.

Cuisines : Thai fusion, Seafood
Opening Hours : 04:00 pm. - 11:00 pm.
Location : The centre of Sairee Beach
Tel. : 08 0146 3267
Starlight Restaurant

Starlight Restaurant

North Thai style decoration and wonderful sea view in the morning to Nang Yuan Island and the east part of Koh Tao. Dine romantically by candle light, enjoying Superb Thai & Asian cuisine with a magnificent view over the bay especially at Sunset.

Cuisines : Thai, Asian Food
Opening Hours : 06:00 pm. - 10:00 pm.
Location : Jansom Bay
Tel. : 0 7745 6394
Porto Bello

Porto Bello

A modern Italian restaurant in central Sairee offering an upper scale dining experience for Koh Tao guests. With an international wine menu to accompany their authentic Italian pizzas, pastas and mains, anyone will leave truly satisfied.

Cuisines : Mediterranean, Italian food
Opening Hours : 03:00 pm. - 11:00 pm.
Location : Sairee Village
Tel. : 0 7745 7029

Recommended Pub & Bars
Lotus Bar

Lotus Bar

Relax after a hard day on the beach at Lotus Bar. One of Koh Tao's most famous beach bars. The place to be for a late afternoon drink, located right on the beach front, the perfect spot for watching those spectacular sunsets.

Category : Beach Bar
Opening Hours : 02:00 pm. - 02:00 am.
Location : Sairee Beach
Tel. : 08 7069 6078
Maya Beach Club

Maya Beach Club

Maya Beach Club is the only bar on Koh Tao that has real DJs every night and a NO CHEESE music policy, top shelf cocktails and an imported wine list. Both local and imported DJs spin tunes every night from sunset till late.

Category : Beach Bar, Beach Club
Opening Hours : 02:00 am. - 02:00 am.
Location : South Sairee Beach
Tel. : 08 0578 2225
Fishbowl Beach Bar

Fishbowl Beach Bar

Fishbowl is currently Koh Tao's most popular late evening hangout. Located in Sairee directly on the beach, the combination of live acoustic music, amazing fire shows, beach seats, and lively dance club makes this spot the place to see.

Category : Beach bar
Opening Hours : 02:00 pm. - 02:30 am.
Location : Sairee Beach
Tel. : 08 7934 4672

Festivals & Events


Songkran Festival

When : 13 - 15 Apr 2018
Where: Throughout Koh Tao

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year celebrated. Most of the activities during Songkran Festival involve water, as the underlying significance of this festival is the process of cleansing and purifying one's self before starting the New Year.


Visakha Bucha

When : 22 May 2018
Where: All temples on Koh Tao

This day commemorates the birth, the enlightenment and the entry into the nirvana of Buddha. Temples throughout the country are crowded with people listening to sermons about Dharma (Buddha's teaching) and in the evening there is a candlelit procession around the main building of the temple.


Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

When : 7 - 9 Oct 2018
Where: Koh Tao

Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is a grand event of the province and of southern Thailand. This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night every September.


Loy Kratong Festival

When : 22 Nov 2018
Where: The Beaches around Koh Tao

Loy Kratong takes place on the full moon of the 12th month of the lunar year. Which it's high tide day and calm wave. Loy Kratong on this day is very beautiful image. Inside festival still have The Noppamas Contest and Kratong Contest.


New Year Celebration 2019

When : 31 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
Where: The Beaches around Koh Tao

The Thailand New Year Celebrations will carry the hallmarks of fun and genuine hospitality that make the kingdom such a rewarding destination to visit. The beaches with a high concentration of resorts will be the most spectacular, such as Sairee. Several places offer organised parties with pay-per-head options.