First, you take a bus from Krabi town to Donsak in Surat Thani province, a journey which takes about 3 hours. Then from Donsak you board a ferry, which takes about 3 hours, to get to Koh Tao via Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Lomprayah ferry services now depart from a ferry pier closer to Surat Thani city centre.
Generally, we consider Koh Tao a safe destination to visit. Although there are instances of drugs, petty theft, corruption, and various tourist scams; crime can be found in most areas of the world. The fact is, the majority of trips to Koh Tao go as planned.
Koh Tao is one of Thailand’s most popular islands, especially for divers and snorkelers. But even if you don’t dive yourself, visiting Koh Tao is definitely worth it . The island does not offer many classic sights, but all the more exciting activities.
Discounting your arrival and departure days , three days would be a good time to spend exploring and doing some activities too. Remember though that a snorkel trip will cost you a full day and if you want to try diving too, that’s really another day.
Koh Samui is one of the most expensive destinations in Thailand, and is ideal if you have a higher budget and your trip falls between January and August. If you have a standard budget and are going between November and April, Krabi is a better bet.
Ko Tao is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist spots. Although the Bangkok Post cannot decide if it receives 132,000 or three million visitors a year, it does receive a lot. The island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering.
Koh Tao is a small island and it’s possible to walk about and explore most of it in 3–4 days. The roads here are about 80% concrete, and the remainder is dirt track. The main roads are fairly new and wide and there are continuing roadworks around the island.
Samui is a very safe destination to visit, but like all places that attracts large crowds, problems can occur if you’re not aware of them beforehand. Most of these potential scams and hazards are fortunately already pretty well-known and may even sound obvious to experienced travellers.
A. Yes, Koh Tao is a party island as it offers the best of Thailand’s nightlife.
Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿272 ($9.06) on meals for one day and ฿254 ($8.48) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Koh Tao for a couple is ฿828 ($28). So, a trip to Koh Tao for two people for one week costs on average ฿15,085 ($503).
Koh Tao attracts a fairly young crowd , and Sairee Beach has several events pretty much every night. It’s great fun to stroll along the beach and visit beach bars, nightclubs and eateries side by side facing the ocean, as well as explore the bars and restaurants of adjoining Sairee Village too.
Koh Tao beaches – Snorkeling with whale shark and turtles Sai Daeng Beach. Shark Island. Hin Ngam Bay. Sharks Bay. Freedom Beach. Aow Leuk. Tanote Bay. Hing Wong Bay.
Koh Tao – meaning ‘Turtle Island’ – lives up to its name, being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand. The perfect white-sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 km² island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Koh Tao is the main scuba diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand primarily because of its shallow coral reefs that are teaming with marine life. The whole island is ringed with coral reefs, rock pinnacles and ecological diversity.