25 Best Places to Visit in Koh Tao - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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.

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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 is the list of best places to visit in Koh Tao:

01

Koh Nang Yuan

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Koh Nang Yuan

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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02

John Suwan View Point

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John Suwan View Point

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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04

Sai Nuan Beach

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Sai Nuan Beach

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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05

Ang Thong Marine Park

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Ang Thong Marine Park

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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Scuba Diving

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Scuba Diving

For the adventure lovers, scuba diving in Koh Tao is one of the most exciting activities to do on their vacation. One can find many cheap courses with some excellent dive sites and take home one of the most memorable experiences.

With dive sites ranging from coral reefs to giant shipwrecks, Koh Tao is an excellent destination to dive into the warm tropical waters and see the mesmerising underwater life.

Highlights: Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places to go for scuba diving as there are plenty of schools and no lack of experienced and specialised trainers to guide you.

Location: Chumphon Pinnacle, White Rock, Shark Island, South-West Pinnacle, HTMS Sattakut Wreck etc.

Timings: Varies from place to place

Price: Starts from INR 3250/THB 1500

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07

Hin Wong Bay

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Hin Wong Bay

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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Freedom Beach

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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09

Yaai Mae and Taa Tao Spirit rocks

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Yaai Mae and Taa Tao Spirit rocks

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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10

Wat Koh Tao

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Wat Koh Tao

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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11

Mango Viewpoint

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Mango Viewpoint

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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12

Sairee Beach

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Sairee Beach

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 Daeng Beach

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Sai Daeng Beach

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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14

Island Muay Thai

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Island Muay Thai

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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West Coast View Point

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West Coast View Point

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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Deisha View Point

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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17

Sunrise at Love Koh Tao

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Sunrise at Love Koh Tao

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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Rent a Bike and Explore the Island

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Rent a Bike and Explore the Island

One of the best ways to enjoy your discovery of Koh Tao Islands and all its hidden beauty is to rent a scooter and go hopping from one place to another. All you need is just shell out some bucks and go exploring the islands breathing the fresh air.

However, one must take some precautions and save themselves from getting hurt and avoid falling for the scams that are run by the local people.

Highlights: It is one of the best activities to do in Koh Tao as you can take your scooter anywhere and be your own explorer in Koh Tao. The travellers can choose from a variety of motorbikes available at different local shops in Koh Tao.

Where to rent: KP travel & motorbike rental, Koh tao scooters, Oli's motorbike rentals etc.

Price: You can bike a rent at INR 325/THB 150

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19

Mae Haad Bay

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Mae Haad Bay

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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20

King Rama V Statue

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King Rama V Statue

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

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

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Chalok Baan Kao Bay

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Chalok Baan Kao Bay

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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22

Fishbowl Beach Bar

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Fishbowl Beach Bar

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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23

Gluay Teun Bay

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Gluay Teun Bay

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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Shark Island

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Shark Island

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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25

June Juea Beach

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June Juea Beach

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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Ao Tanot Bay

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Ao Tanot Bay

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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