25 Places to Visit in Koh Tao 2021, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Koh Tao Attractions

Koh Nang Yuan, Ao Tanot Bay, John Suwan View Point, Shark Island, Sairee Beach, Sai Nuan Beach, Ang Thong Marine Park, Hin Wong Bay, Freedom Beach and many more.

If you are up for a holiday experience filled with moments of joy and excitement, then there is a long list of places to visit in Koh Tao. A piece of heaven lying in the enchanting realm of Thailand, Koh Tao is a real treat of a destination for beach lovers. With dozens of scenic locations dotting its geography and offering a wide selection of adventure sports and experiences, this island is a perfect place where one can enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Koh Tao attractions covers a wide spectrum of places. From pristine beaches like Sai Nuan and Sai Daeng bathing in different shades of blue, golden, and green to hilltops serving as viewpoints for some breathtaking landscapes - there is a lot to explore and experience here.

Besides, there is no dearth of water sports in Koh Tao since Hin Wong Bay and Koh Nang Yuan are perfect spots for snorkeling, surfing and diving. All in all, the dreamy destination Koh Tao has something in store for all kinds of tourists.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Koh Tao:

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Koh Nang Yuan

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Nang Yuan Island or Koh Nang Yuan is easily among the most scenic places to visit in Koh Tao serving as a Hotspot for adventure sports. Aquamarine waters, white sands and greens of the dense vegetation make the island appear extremely vibrant. A short hike to top of a hillock is strongly recommended assuming you don't want to miss out on the panoramic views of this piece of heaven.

You can comfortably make room for Koh Nang Yuan in your itinerary as it is located in proximity to Koh Tao and Koh Samui.

Highlights: Scenery and adventure activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, zip lining.

Location: This island is located 10-15 minutes away from Koh Tao.

Timing: Till 5 pm if you're not staying at the resort.

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Ao Tanot Bay

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Golden sands creating an alluring contrast against the sea waters reflecting different shades of blue; Ao Tanot Bay is one of the most aesthetically appealing Koh Tao attractions. Reaching Ao Tanot Bay is no challenge as it is well-connected through bus and taxi service from Koh Tao.

Lie down on the beach and admire the beauty of nature or dive inside the sea to explore a whole new world of exotic marine creatures. Or take out your camera and freeze the beautiful moments in frames. If you are looking for a dine and wine experience by the sea, you will find numerous options to choose from.

Highlights: Beautiful underwater world and snorkeling.

Location: Koh Tao

Timing: Open 24 hours

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John Suwan View Point

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A sheer visual treat in the realm of the pretty Koh Tao, John Suwan  Viewpoint is a spot you cannot afford to skip. Visiting this vantage point is a rewarding experience as you get to witness sweeping views of Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og Bays. Owing to the exceptionally good photography opportunities offered by the spot, photographers from different nooks and corners of the world can be seen here.

Capture the perfect frames covering shallow coral reefs and undulating hills shrouded in greenery, and immortalize the moments you spend here. One needs to indulge into a short hiking expedition to reach this viewpoint which also makes it a fairly popular name among adventurers.

Highlights: Hiking and Photo Opportunities

Location: Trail begins at Freedom Beach Resort

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM

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Shark Island

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Get your dose of adrenaline rush in Koh Tao by visiting Shark Island which is believed to be the best spot for thrill seekers in the region. Contrary to its name, the island does not house any sharks to see. The island is named so due to its shape which appears like a shark's dorsal fin.

Nestled in the middle of aquamarine waters, the island boasts of a rich collection of aquatic flora and fauna. You can dive and swim amidst these vibrant creatures as the destination offers great opportunities for diving and snorkeling. In the nutshell, this island promises an eventful beach vacation experience along with some moments of uninterrupted solace in its glorious atmosphere.

Highlights: Diving experience and marine creatures.

Location: Near Koh Tao's South Coast

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Sairee Beach

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Treat yourself with the best of beach fun by spending your holiday at Sairee Beach, counted among the most sought after places to visit in Koh Tao. From beach bars to luxury resorts and plenty of places to enjoy seafood, Sairee Beach is an ultimate destination for fun-loving travelers.

Furthermore, the beach is also quite popular as a snorkeling spot where you can come face to face with a wide range of marine species. Whether you are a backpacker or you are visiting Koh Tao with family, Sairee Beach is a spot you cannot ignore.

Highlights: Beach resorts and diving centers.

Location: Koh Tao

Timing: Open 24 hours

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Sai Nuan Beach

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All beach lovers planning a trip to Koh Tao must spend at least a day lazing around at Sai Nuan Beach and soaking in its matchless exquisiteness. The beach is small and idyllic which make it a perfect place for honeymooners and for those who prefer solitude over everything else.

Since there is not much in terms of thrilling adventures, Sai Nuan is more apt for some laid back time. Bask under the sun and when it starts to get too warm, take refuge in the shadow of palm trees or let the cool sea drench your body and soul.

Highlights: Perfect tropical landscape and laid back atmosphere.

Location: Southwest Koh Tao

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Island Muay Thai

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One of the offbeat tourist attractions in Koh Tao, Island Muay Thai, contrary to what its name may suggest, is a Thai training camp and a boxing gym. Established in 2002, the gym hosts night fights that are intriguing to watch. Become witness to a Thai training and fight session and feel your adrenaline levels shoot up within a couple of minutes.

A visit to this place will enlighten you about Thai boxing with a live illustration in front of your eyes. In essence, Island Muay Thai is a fun place you can visit with your family.

Highlights: Thai boxing and training.

Location: Haad Sairee, Koh Tao

Timings: 7 am to 10 pm

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Ang Thong Marine Park

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Known for its limestone mountains, thick jungles, pristine beaches, sparkling waterfalls and beautiful lakes, Ang Thong Marine Park is one of the best places to visit in Koh Tao. It s known for its spectacular scenery and paints a perfect picture of a tropical paradise for the nature lovers.

The place is replete with exotic wildlife and sea creatures and allows you to have an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones.

Highlights: The place is a must visit to enjoy a number of activities like snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving and just rejuvenating in the beautiful surroundings.

Location: 45/1-2 Moo 1, Thongsala Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Hin Wong Bay

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If you have never been to Koh Tao, chances are you have never heard of this pretty spot here. Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure junky, Hin Wong Bay is a perfect choice for you nonetheless. Boasting a rich marine life and extremely beautiful views encompassing turquoise waters and large boulders sitting idly therein, this is the epitome of nature's artistry.

Besides, the availability of water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving makes it one of the best places to visit in Koh Tao for fun beach activities.

Highlights: Rich marine life and water sports.

Location: East Coast of Koh Tao

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Freedom Beach

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Leave all your worries behind and experience freedom in its purest form at Freedom Beach which is believed to be one of the most fun places to visit in Koh Tao. The beach, owing to its laid back ambiance and famous Freedom Festival, enjoys unprecedented fame among youngsters heading to Koh Tao for a lively holiday experience.

The lush green cluster of Pemphis Acidula and sweeping vistas of the endless sea beyond the white sands create a sight that will rejuvenate you from the inside out. You can take a short hike to reach John Suwan Point from where you can see the entire beach and beyond.

Highlights: Freedom Beach Resort and John Suwan Point Hike.

Location: South Coast, Koh Tao

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Mango Viewpoint

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Another treat for photography lovers in Koh Tao, Mango Viewpoint offers one ample opportunity to click some exceptional natural views. Reaching this point requires hiking up a scenic trail, so this is also a great place for those who are seeking some adventure on their Koh Tao trip.

However, if you are feeling lazy to undertake some action, you can rent a motorbike and reach here to become witness to one of the most enchanting Koh Tao attractions. Reaching the top takes approximately 1 hour but the reward that awaits you is worth the effort.

Highlights: Photo Opportunities and Hiking.

Location: Trail begins at Living Juices

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Sai Daeng Beach

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If you are looking for some time away from people and your tiring routine, Sai Daeng Beach is one of the quietest tourist attractions in Koh Tao. The aquamarine shades of waters and silvery beaches featuring soft sand and tropical vegetation come together to create a mesmerizing atmosphere for travelers.

During underwater exploration, you can come across blacktip reef sharks and sea turtles. Go swim in the crystal clear waters or just lie down on the beach and live the beautiful moments with your loved ones - you can choose your own favorites.

Highlights: Quiet atmosphere and the underwater world.

Location: Hin Ngam Bay, Koh Tao

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Yaai Mae and Taa Tao Spirit rocks

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If you do not mind adding some shades of divinity to your beach vacation in Koh Tao, you must check out Yaai Mae and Taa Toa Rocks. A place with a huge religious significance among the locals, Yaai Mae and Taa Toa Rocks also serve as an important tourist spot in Koh Tao.

These are basically spirit rocks or boulder formations that are worshipped by the locals and they believe these rocks protect the community from all kinds of natural disasters.

Highlights: A place of religious and cultural importance.

Location: Chalok Baan Kao Bay

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Wat Koh Tao

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One of the most admired religious places to visit in Koh Tao, Wat Koh Tao is a Buddhist temple worth a visit. Though the temple complex is small, the impressive collection of Thai and Buddhist art it houses attracts tourists in great numbers to come to check this site.

If you are an architecture buff, the intricate carvings and the design of the temple will leave an impression on your mind. Besides, the temple boasts of a scenic hilltop location, and sunset views from up here are widely admired.

Highlights: Architecture and sunset views.

Location: North of Mae Haad Town

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West Coast View Point

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A scenic trekking trail beginning at Sairee Beach Road that takes you through verdant tropical forests to a vantage point from where everything you see below is fascinating. The spot has two viewpoints – one of them offers sweeping views of the west and east coasts of Koh Tao and the other one lets you relish vistas of the entire west coast of Koh Tao.

Thus, it is highly recommended for photographers, nature lovers, and trekking enthusiasts.

Highlights: Trekking and photography opportunities

Location: Two View Rock

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Deisha View Point

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Another spot in Koh Tao letting you lay eyes on its awe-inspiring beauty, Deisha View Point is a hidden bar offering an exceptional view. With an observation deck from where you can witness the beauty of the bay and a live music venue, this spot in Koh Tao is a great choice for an unforgettable evening.

The bar is nestled amidst lush jungles, and this natural setting makes the overall experience all the more refreshing to one's senses.

Highlights: Observation deck and a bar.

Location: Above Chalok Baan Kao Bay

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Sunrise at Love Koh Tao

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Bask in the panoramic views of Tanote Bay from the Love Koh Tao Viewpoint and have one of the most romantic experiences of your life. This viewpoint is an excellent spot to watch the sun rise over the Gulf of Thailand. One of the most photogenic spots in Thailand, Love Koh Tao is a great visit if you are looking for a refreshing escape from the regular beach hopping on your vacation.

Highlights: It offers an excellent view from the top of the hill. One can relax and rejuvenate by having a sip of fresh coconut water and take some amazing selfies in front of the Love Koh Tao sign here.

Location: Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Timings: 8 am to 12 am

Price: INR 45/THB 20

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Mae Haad Bay

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Thanks to the magical charm of Mae Haad Bay, every moment spent at this port town is a bliss. Both in terms of scenic beauty and range of experiences, this popular spot in Koh Tao is second to none. Furthermore, the bay boasts of a wide range of holiday resorts ensuring a rewarding staycation experience.

From kayaking to hiking, there is a whole spectrum of activities available for adventure-loving travelers. However, if you just want to spend your vacation resting away, head straight to Maehaad Bay Resort.

Highlights: Beach resorts and relaxing atmosphere.

Location: Mae Haad, Koh Tao

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King Rama V Statue

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King Rama V Statue is a sculpture boasting a deep historical value and exhibiting the love of Thai people for King Rama V. Counted among the most prominent landmarks in the region, the statue is more popularly known as The Equestrian Statue of King Rama V. History buffs, art lovers and general tourists - the statue fascinates them all with its fine artistry and historical significance.

The statue was cast in Paris in the year 1907 and was later on shipped to Thailand to be erected adjacent to Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall where it is currently situated.

Highlights: It is a historical monument

Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani

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Chalok Baan Kao Bay

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Unarguably one of the most picture perfect places to visit in Koh Tao, Chalok Baan Kao Bay is the third largest beach on the island. Since varied experiences are available for people with different interests and age, this beach is preferred by beach lovers, culture vultures, and families seeking some quality time in Thailand.

Besides, it is also one of the best sites around to indulge in snorkeling and explore the treasure of marine life hidden away under the aquamarine waters. You can expect to find some good options for shopping and food by the beach.

Highlights: Pretty scenery and quiet atmosphere.

Location: Southern Koh Tao

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Fishbowl Beach Bar

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If you are a party animal, Fishbowl Beach Bar is one of the places that you must not miss when you are in Koh Tao. The bar offers everything from local beer to some astonishing cocktails and allows you to have one thrilling night in Koh Tao. The ambience here is lit with musicians playing songs and the DJs playing tunes on which you cannot stop tapping your feet.

Highlights: It is one of the most enthralling places to enjoy the nightlife in Koh Tao by partying all night by the beach, enjoying drinks and having fun with live music and other entertainment activities like fire shows and beer pong tournament.

Location: 3/1 Moo 1 | Ban's Diving Resort, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand

Timings: 2:00 PM - 3:30 AM

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Gluay Teun Bay

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To indulge in a holiday experience that feels like the replica of a vivid dream, an exploration of this picturesque bay in Koh Tao, also known as Lighthouse Bay, is all you need. One of those places to visit in Koh Tao that let you disconnect from chaos and boredom completely, Gluay Teun Bay is a nature retreat.

While the youth-friendly atmosphere of the bay attracts youngsters in huge numbers, a lot of honeymooners also prefer the place for its lovely scenery. To add a sense of excitement to your vacation, climb up the lighthouse and relish the far-reaching views of the sea.

Highlights: Aquatic Flora and Fauna

Location: Northeastern tip of Koh Tao

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June Juea Beach

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If you are looking for some place where you can spend some moments with your dear one basking in an air of silence and seclusion, this romantic spot in Koh Tao offers the perfect environment. Aesthetic examples of nature's artistry as far as your sight goes and an unlimited supply of joy, June Juea Beach is pure beauty.

This tiny beach on the northern end is famous for the great sunset views one can enjoy from here. Far from commercialization and tourist hustle, June Juea has accommodation options in the form of two family-run resorts.

Highlights: Secluded beach with sunset views.

Location: North Coast, Koh Tao

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Aow Leuk Bay

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If you are looking forward to enjoying the best of Koh Tao island, visiting the Aow Leuk bay is the best option. The beach is indeed smaller in size indeed compared to other beaches on the island. But the white sandy beach looks spectacular with a great background of lofty mountains covered in dense green forests.

You can try out some of the best local Thai dishes in the beach restaurants located nearby. The waters of the bay are so clean that you can see the sandy floor easily. Water sports like snorkelling and deep-sea diving are quite famous in this area. You can explore the colorful coral world underneath the sea while scuba diving or snorkeling.

Southeast side of Koh Tao Island

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Sail Rock

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Koh Tao island is known for the scenic beauty of the oceans bordering the island. One such place is Sail Rock. Just like the name sounds, it's a huge piece of rock with one-third portion projecting outside of the water surface while the rest of the part is under the sea. The Sail Rock is known for deep-sea diving and scuba diving.

Once you get inside the water, you can circle the rock and discover the unique marine life in this region. Starting with the colorful small fishes to the colossal whale sharks, you will come across a wide section of marine animals. Get the proper gear for swimming underwater and make sure to swim on the rock's side where the water current is not too strong.

Between the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao

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23 January 2020
It should be a must in Bangkok visit, specially with kids. Hotel pickup service was fantastic, in time. Children enjoyed most the orangutan and dolphin shows. Better to skip the river cruise which I felt like wastage of money. The last part of coming out through the open zoo was fantastic- all openly moving animals including lions and tigers were roaming near the bus.
The best experience of sea life till date. It overseeded my previous experience at underwater world pattaya. Getting tickets was hassle free - just show the QR code and get your ticket from Information Desk. Best feeding shows observed here. The sea otter feeding show was specially enjoyable with the otters asking for more food by shaking their hands above their chests. Next the penguin show, diver show, sea life 3D show, shark feeding show, etc. were awesome. You can chill around as it is cool inside with cafeteria everywhere. Those sharks in giant aquariums really amazed me and they are living in harmony with other fishes for the past 10 years (as learnt). The ambience was great with dim lights everywhere. A great place for kids to enjoy. There were numerous fishes as well, including the famous Giant of Siam - an Amazon fish.
"awesome experience. with good food, breeze views. loved it."
13 May 2019
Best jungle tour ever! Safari world is great where you can observe wildlife closely that includes birds, giraffes, rhinos, etc. The main attractions are tiger feeding and lion feeding inside safari world (which we were lucky to see) where a woman in the rear of the car inside a cage feeds the tigers and the lions from inside. As learnt only she can come near to them as they know her scent. It was nearly a half an hour tour through the jungle life and it was a thrilling experience. The Marine park was also great with many human and animal shows such as Orangutan show, Cowboy stunt show, Spy war, Bird show, etc. and the notable Dolphin show which was best among all. Guys please do not miss this show. The international buffet was also great with varieties of dishes though you can try out Indian buffet as well. Thanks to thrillophilia for making this trip memorable.
This was a great experience and I found the cheapest ticket on Thrillophilia. There was no admission issue. When showing the voucher printout at ticket window, we found that they already had a list of online bookings and they verified our names against it and let us enter. The ocean tunnel was great - we saw sharks, sting rays, large fishes and "giant of siam" - huge fishes bigger than humans. the feeding shows were awesome! the sting rays were cute and the diver hugged them and fed them small shrimps. The fishes were fighting for the bread crumbs and small fishes that the diver was feeding. It was worth visiting and truly a memorable experience. It may not be as big as the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World in Bangkok but the price is really very cheaper than it. A must visit for anyone visiting Pattaya.
09 November 2020
A beautiful piece of island standing Rock solid as if it's the admirer of every one else staring at him. The place is beautiful yet remote and hence it closes by evening and the island becomes completely out of reach.
09 November 2020
A very wonderful place to spend half day taking pictures & selfies with our famous actors, actresses, politicians,social activists, freedom fighters of all time. Try to allocate half day as you will be busy with taking pictures & videos of real life wax statutes.
Great service and it was fun 2 hour speed bpat ride from Koh Samui To Koh Tao
The place is just lit with people and colours and the food is mindblowing. Thanks a lot to Thrillophilia for making my trip comfortable and truly memorable!!”
It was a totally amazing experience. Everything was very well coordinated and arranged. All thanks to Thrillophilia for this amazing trip.

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  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Koh Tao for couples?

    1. Sunset swimming at Sairee Beach: Sairee Beach has the most beautiful sunset view in Thailand, totally worth visiting with your partner. It will give you the vibe of the lazy evening, and when the sky turns orange, it lets your heart melt.

    2. Tanote Bay: Being the top Koh Tao attraction is the perfect place to take your partner to. The place offers you privacy to enjoy the thrashing sound of water over the rocks. Also, you can both go snorkeling to explore the beauty of coral reefs and fish.

    3. Thaita Italian Restaurants:
    It is the most romantic place in Koh Tao that offers you warm hospitality and delightful food. Moreover, to double the romance in the air, the restaurant also offers the combination of soft music, candle-lit dinner, and exquisite view.

    4. Mango Bay Viewpoint:
    Among all the famous places in Koh Tao, make sure to take your partner to this place at all costs. It is pure bliss to watch the sunset at the Mango Bay Viewpoint. Plus, the setting of spell bounding turquoise water and white sand beaches takes the breath away.
  2. Which are the best beaches in Koh Tao?

    1. Thian Og Bay (Shark Bay): Shark Bay is one of the famous Koh Tao attractions where you can spot blacktip reef sharks. The beach contains fine white sand and azure water. Plus, here, you also get the chance to go snorkeling.

    2. Sairee Beach: It is the main beach of Koh Tao and stretches up to 1.9km. The beach is perfect for enjoying long beach walks, sulking your feet in the sand, renting a kayak, or paddle boating. Also, if you want to enjoy a beach party, you can hit the nightclub at the Maya Beach Club.

    3. Sai Daeng: This beach is known as the hidden gem of Thailand and one of the most beautiful places in Koh Tao. The beach offers you the opportunity to explore turtles and small sharks. Moreover, it is a perfect place to chill out and have beers.

    4. Laem Thien: It is the most secluded beach in Koh Tao, thus offering a lot of privacy. It is also a great place to hike through the jungles, go snorkeling, and free-diving. One interesting fact about the place is that even though the beach was abandoned for several years, the beauty of the beach is still intact.
  3. What is there to do in Koh Tao for two days?

    1. Snorkelling or scuba diving: There are several places in Koh Tao that offer snorkeling and scuba diving activities like Tanote Bay, Aow Leuk, Sai Daeng, etc. By diving into the water, you can unleash a whole new world of coral reefs and different coloured fish, turtles, and other species.

    2. Lounge at Sai Nuan Beach: You can spend a lazy afternoon on this beautiful beach. People find it to be the most relaxing beach of Koh Tao because of the peaceful setting of palm trees and turquoise water. Also, if you feel hungry, you can try the scrumptious lunch in the Sai Thong Resort.

    3. Nightlife of Coco bar: After having enough time at the beaches, you can enjoy the nightlife of Thailand. Coco Bar is a famous Koh Tao attraction spot where people come to enjoy music, special drinks, and the chilly vibe. The club has a vibrant environment suitable for all kinds of travelers.

    4. Cliff diving at Tanote Bay: If you are a thrill-seeking person, you must not miss out on trying cliff diving at Tanote Bay. When you hike up the rock, you will get a sweeping view of nature at its best mode, plus the thrilling experience when you jump off the cliff will make you astounded.
  4. How many days do you need in Koh Tao?

    Spending two days in Koh Tao will be sufficient to explore the top viewpoints of the place, experiencing nature, and trying activities on the beach. However, it can vary depending on the number of beaches you want to hop on your way.
  5. What is the best time to visit Koh Tao?

    The best time to visit Koh Tao is between December to February, when the weather is warm and sunny. However, it is also the busiest time when the bars and clubs are full. Also, if you want to enjoy a diving experience, you must visit the place between July and September.
  6. How to reach Koh Tao?

    The best way to reach Koh Tao is to fly to Koh Samui and then take a Seatran Discovery ferry. However, if you want to reach it by bus, you can take a bus direct to Chumphon from Khao San road, which connects the ferry service to Koh Tao. The same is the case with trains.
  7. What is Koh Tao famous for?

    The most attractive thing that convinces travelers to flock to this place is the diving experience. Also, the perfect white sands, turquoise water, and serene background is spell-bounding.

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