Before talking about Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is one of my favorite islands in Thailand. Koh means island, Tao means turtle. Koh Tao is “Turtle Island”. You might get a chance to see a turtle (or turtles) if you are lucky. If you followed my blog or read my travel story about Koh Tao: 3 things that can happen to you in Koh Tao, you’ve already known that I’ve lived in Koh Tao for more than 2 months. Living in one place is totally different from staying for a few days or even one day in a place. Being on Koh Tao for 2 months gave me time to get used to this beautiful island and I’d love to share my favorite top 10 things to do in Koh Tao.
Diving in Koh Tao
Are you dreaming about getting your very first open water certificate? Make your dream come true in Koh Tao! The first thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao list is to go diving! Coming to Koh Tao and learning how to dive is a typical thing that many many many so many travelers do especially after Koh Phangan Full moon party!(People who live in Koh Tao call it Fullmoon party rush!) Okay, if you don’t want to be one of them, I don’t blame you. But I’m telling you people come to Koh Tao to learn to dive because Koh Tao is the cheapest place in the world as far as I know. There are at least 200 diving schools on this small island, Koh Tao. You can get lessons in German, English, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and maybe more. Choose the language you feel like. Diving is a very fun sport but it’s related to your safety so you’d better choose the language that you are comfortable with.
Koh Nang Yuan (Nang Yuan island)
The second thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao list is to visit Koh Nuan Yuan! Koh Nuan Yuan is a beautiful island near Koh Tao. You can hire a private boat or get there when you go to Koh Tao snorkeling group trip. When you arrive in Nuan Yuan island, you will have to pay 100 baht for the entrance fee. The water is crystal clear and really good place to swim. Also, you can walk up to Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint! The top of Nuan Yuan island viewpoint is not only a great spot to look down the whole island but also a fantastic place to take a photo! The hike takes only 10-15 minutes so it’s not that hard. You can make it to the top with flip-flops.
Sairee Beach Koh Tao
The third thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao list is to stay on Sairee beach. When I first got here, I was staying near Koh Tao ferry terminal since because I didn’t know where to stay, to be honest. But after a few days, I’ve learned Sairee is the best place to enjoy Koh Tao! There are many cool beach bars, restaurants, cafes, massage shops on the long stretch of Sairee Beach. You will love Sairee beach especially if you are traveling alone or don’t want to miss out the party scenes in Koh Tao. Sairee beach itself is amazing of course! Its beautiful blue water is something you can’t resist on a hot day in Koh Tao!
Freedom beach in Koh Tao
The fourth thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao is to relax on Freedom beach! Freedom beach is located in the west south of Koh Tao. It takes a bit less than 1 hour on foot and it takes 10 minutes by taxi. (But I have to tell you that one-way taxi fare in Koh Tao is at least 100 baht! For me, I walked and came back on foot with a group of good friends.) Freedom beach is definitely less crowded compared to Sairee beach. Also, there are trees that give you a little hideout to get burned! The water is clear turquoise water and it’s so photogenic! You can get a good photo of you on Instagram!
Go snorkeling in Koh Tao
The fifth thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao list is to go snorkeling! There are many good snorkeling spots in Koh Tao including Shark Bay, Mango Bay, Tanote Bay. Some of my friends saw turtles and small sharks (they don’t bite you! Don’t worry) in Shark Bay. But it’s all up to the weather, seasons, and your luck. (Don’t expect but if it happens you are so lucky!) But in general, you can see lots of cute colorful fish when the visibility is good. Check the weather before booking your snorkeling tour. It will cost you 600 baht per person if you book at the tourist agency, but you can always ask for a discount if you are more than 2 people. The snorkeling tour includes snorkeling masks, lunch, fruits, tea, and water. You have to pay 100 baht if your tour takes you to Nuan Yuan island as I mentioned above. I personally went on a snorkeling tour in Koh Tao with 3 people including me, I paid only 500 baht for half day snorkeling tour.
Watch Muay Thai show in Koh Tao
The sixth thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao is to watch Muay Thai fights! Have you heard Muay Thai? It’s Thai martial art. I really didn’t like to watch people getting punched or bleeding. But Muay Thai is not all about fighting. Muay Thai in Koh Tao is more like watching a show. They start with traditional moves before starting to fight and it’s quite interesting. Check the schedule before you visit Island Muay Thai.
Koh Tao Pub Crawl
The seventh thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao is to join Koh Tao Pub Crawl! Once you come to Koh Tao, it will be very very very hard for you to resist the temptation of going to Koh Tao Pub Crawl! It’s a must thing to do if you are crazy about a party.
Enjoy amazing fire shows on Koh Tao beach bars
Are you not a Pub Crawl type of person? Do you think you are too old for Koh Tao Pub Crawl but you still want to enjoy Koh Tao nightlife? Don’t worry, you can still have lots of fun! There are many cool beach bars in Koh Tao! You can watch amazing fire shows on the beach and you can dance on the sandy beach with cool breeze… Isn’t it magical? You will love it!
Koh Tao festival
Koh Tao has different festivals each year, but I’d love to share three major Koh Tao festival. The first Koh Tao festival is called Koh Tao festival and the purpose of this festival is to save Koh Tao. It is held at Sairee beach. The next festival in Koh Tao is Tao Festival. It is to encourage people to protect the environment. The last Koh Tao festival I’m going to talk about is The Experience Festival. Compared to those two festivals I’ve talked earlier, The Experience Festival in Koh Tao is for entertainment. It’s a trance music festival and it lasts for days from 30th, December till 2nd, January.
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Watch the sunset on Sairee beach
The last thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Koh Tao is to watch amazing sunsets on Sairee beach! Sairee beach is an amazing spot to see the sunset. Sairee beach sunsets change every day. It’s cool to catch the sunset with a drink at the bar or cafe. I recommend go for swimming around sunset time on Sairee beach. It was one of the best things to do I’ve ever had in Koh Tao.
Have you ever been to Koh Tao? What was it like? Share your experience with us!