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What to do 2 Days in Koh Tao, Thailand

Written By The Travelling Postcard on 23 April 2014 | 06:36

So we arrived into Koh Tao after a 25 hour journey by bus and ferry from Siem Reap and couldn't wait to see what this little island had to offer! We were here for only 2 days and so didn't have enough time to carry out a PADI diving course, most people come here for this as it's great quality and amazing value for money compared to other places, especially if your travels take you to other diving locations you can later use your license with. 

Here was our 2 day itinerary around Koh Tao: 

Day One - Love at First Sight

10:00 hrs - Arrive at Koh Tao Pier. We used the company Songserm to get us to the island, which was part of a joint ticket from the buses we used from Siem Reap. Bus from Siem Reap to Koh Tao including the ferry cost us $70.00 each, a more detailed post on this trip will follow shortly! There are three main ferry companies which can transfer you throughout the islands: Lomprayah, Seatran and Songserm. We got Songserm's 07:00 hrs departure from Chumphon. 

Head to your hotel, unpack and take in the beautiful scenery. After having relaxed in your room, unpacked, got changed and grabbed a towel start heading to the beach! 

12:30 hrs - Have lunch in Mae Haad Bay - We had lunch in Safari Pizza Place. This part of the town is for the pier and not nice for the beach, but is buzzing with diving stores, backpackers and good restaurants. Essentially, you can also walk 10 minutes to Sairee Beach which also has a street of bars mirroring the beach where you can get some food! 

14:30 hrs - Enjoy your relaxing time at Sairee Beach after having had an early start travelling to Koh Tao. You can hire some kayaks for 400 Baht (£8.00) for half a day and check out some of the smaller islands surrounding Koh Tao for the afternoon. The beach is relaxing, clean, has beautiful white sand and water is surprisingly shallow! 

18:00 hrs - On your way home hire a Quad Bike! The roads in Koh Tao are not so great and it is a place you definitely want to explore about. Also, taxi's can cost you a standard 100 Baht (£2.00) per person one way, so with this 700 Baht (£14.00) for 24 hour use is great! More on the quad for Day 2. 

19:00 hrs - After having gone back to the hotel, check out the Taco Shack on Mae Haad for an amazing taco or burrito filled dinner! You can choose from Pork, Beef or Chicken and either in a burrito or taco. I had the Chicken Burrito and I couldn't finish it! Dylan had the Chicken Taco and the rest of my burrito and is definitely a restaurant you should check out as the owner lets you paint on his walls! Yes! It has a very laid back feeling and you won't stop staring at the walls filled with travellers tales all lit up in UV light. A quirky and different type of dinner place. 

21:30 hrs - Head to Sairee Beach Bars, the row of bars is lit up and comes alive with music in the evenings, a great place to meet new people and even enjoy a fire show!  

Day 2 - Explore Koh Tao Island 

10:00 hrs - Explore Koh Tao by day with your Quad Bike! It is the most convenient mode of transport for these roads. You can hire a bike for 200 Baht (£4.00) per day, but this is a much more fun way of driving through the streets! 

After having a good breakfast to fill us up, we started exploring and ended up doing this route: 

Chalok Baan Kao (Where we were staying)

Tanote Bay 
This is a lovely beach area removed from the buzzing town of Koh Tao. 

Love Viewpoint 
Up some 200 metres from sea level Love Viewpoint was great to get a good view east of the island. If you want to take a picture its 20 Baht (£0.40) which you give to the lady. Its quite breathtaking!

Mae Haad Village (passed through)
Sairee Village (passed through)
Hin Wong Bay (passed through)

Mango Viewpoint 
Here we went up about 300 meters to Mango viewpoint to see northwest of the island. Incredible views!

Mango Bay 
We then wanted to see if we could chill by a beach and we thought Mango Bay would be the most secluded one from the busy town. So we parked our quad as close to Mango Bay as possible and starting walking down to it, only to realise the beach can only be accessed by boat! Gutted! After having walked down what seemed like 500 steps we had to walk all the way back up them, with no water, in the scorching heat! You have been warned! 

Ao Leuk II Beach 
After having accidentally exercised for the day, we decided to head to Ao Leuk II Beach for some relaxing time and lunch. It was the best beach I had visited in Koh Tao! If you can spare some time for this beach, do it! Its small, cosy cove invites you to just relax! We had lunch at Ao Leuk II Restaurant and could not complain one bit! The food was immense and the views never ending. A real treat to the day. We enjoyed our afternoon snorkelling the area! 

18:00 hrs - Make sure you head to Chalok Baan Kao beach for the sunset, we sat at JP Resort's Sea Bar, enjoying some cocktails and playing UNO (its the bars, so just ask the lovely man for them) and Dylan and I could have stayed there for hours! Alternatively, head to the High Bar near this beach, situated above sea level with amazing views of the bay! Please note the High Bar has a long steep hill, so best take a taxi up there. 

Other activities to enjoy in Koh Tao

This was pretty much our 2 day structure for Koh Tao and would do the same again if I go back there (we are thinking about it!). Alternatively to any of these, you can also: 

- Enjoy diving and/or take a course 
- Try out something different like shooting a gun! Koh Tao has its own Shooting Range. 
- You can also enjoy time on the Trapeze. Yep has one of those too.
- For some fun relaxing time, go down to the Leisure Park for some fun crazy mini golf and a nice cold beer. 
- For the more risk taking divers out there, there are some tours that take you to snorkel with black tip sharks! 

Random points to note: 

- Try out a Mango Shake from any bar or restaurant, so refreshing! 
- Taxi standard is 100 Baht per person 
- Gasoline is 50 Baht per bottle (they sell them in whiskey bottles on the side of the road)
- Hiring a bike for the day costs about 200 Baht.  

Safe Travels

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  3. Koh Tao is beautiful. It is definitely one of my favourites. The fire shows are out of this world!

    1. Hey Sally!

      Yes it was one of our favourites too! Grab a cushioned seat on the sand and relax watching them.

      Hope you are having a good time out there!

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  5. Very very much. I like the sea I want to take my family to the sea. Let the family play the sea. And the sea is pretty much it.


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