I have spent about a week in Koh Tao (island on the East coast of Thailand). I have heard from a number of expats describing it as paradise, but i’m afraid I have been to nicer islands e.g. the Fiji islands. However lets not get negative because Koh Tao is definitely a place to visit.
Geography– lets start by explaining that you can ride across the island in around 15 minutes. Therefore the island activities are limited.
So in my opinion if you are not a scuba diver don’t spend more than a few days here. Those days should roughly consist of:
- The Koh Tao bar crawl (Mon, Wed, Fri.)
- Scooter round the island
- Go to a beach I recommend Ao Tanote (there a cool rock jump)
- Hike up to ‘two views’ viewpoint
- Snorkerling trip
- Try the amazing 995 roasted duck (so good and soooo cheap) and try the best Pad Thai I have had in Thailand at Mama’s
Now the real crown of Koh Toa is SCUBA diving. You will see endless Scuba schools and I’m told that Koh Tao is the cheapest place in the world to learn. So try something new and learn, I did and loved it. My awesome school was Roctopus.