Dream holiday in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, situated north-west of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Over 1500 people live on the island, which has become a popular tourist destination. Whereas in the early days of tourism back in the 1980s it was mainly backpackers who came here, these days it also attracts more and more package holidaymakers. On Koh Tao you will find accommodation for any budget, including basic hostels, hotels and luxury complexes.
Koh Tao translates as "Turtle Island“ and even though there are not as many turtles as there used to be, you can still spot some of these creatures here, depending on the season. The natural surroundings of Koh Tao are very impressive and the tropical Asian landscape of the island is dominated by enormous, densely planted coconut-trees. Fine sandy beaches which are also surrounded by palm-trees stretch around the island with its crystal clear water. Koh Tao is a real paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand.
The north and the east of Koh Tao are the least developed for tourism and here is one of the nicest beaches on Koh Tao, Mango Bay. The bay is surrounded by rocks and fine sand and after a quite exciting journey over a hill you can reach this small bay easily by foot. If you feel a bit more adventurous, you can drive a bit further and then swim to Mango Bay. Here you will see mainly Japanese day-trippers who come to this bay because of its good diving areas, together with relaxation-seekers who also like to come to this cosy beach which is one of Thailand's real gems.
About the beaches
The east coast of Koh Tao is also very remote and hardly developed for tourism and it is therefore very quiet here. If you like an idyllic beach you should go to Tanote Bay where there is often hardly anybody to be seen, and families and those looking for peace and quiet will feel at home in this lovely bay. If you like diving, you can also find some diving schools here. Ao Luek Beach is just as quiet and the palm-tree lined beach is very nice to look at. It is another gem in this remote eastern region of Koh Tao and with its good tourist infrastructure has everything you need to enjoy a nice day at the beach.
Beaches in the south of Koh Tao
A reasonable alternative to the remote east and the touristy west is the south of Koh Tao. Here you will find nice bays and beaches mostly surrounded by light-coloured sand. Very popular among all of the beaches of Koh Tao is Shark Bay. This beach is a bit more exclusive and has impressive, fine, white sand and clear water. A real highlight of this bay is the sight of the reef sharks which can often be spotted in the early hours of the morning. In the south of Koh Tao is also another small bay which is a real insider tip. June Juea Beach is great for anybody looking for peace and quiet and couples will also feel at home here.
Beaches in the west of Koh Tao
In the west of Koh Tao are probably the best known beaches of the island. The fine, white, sandy beaches have a lot to offer and are therefore rather busy. One of the most popular beaches here is Sairee Beach. This beach is all about entertainment and it is very busy not only at the beach, but also
"The only action beach on Koh Tao"
"Snorkelling till you drop in the turquoise-blue sea"
"The relaxation Mecca of Koh Tao"
"Quiet, quieter, Ao Leuk"
"Very quiet beach near a very busy village"
"Small and very idyllic"
"Great for swimming, but nothing for cowards"
"Extremely many people on an extremely beautiful beach"
"A little bit rustic, but really nice"
"Remote but very idyllic"
"Nothing happening at the beach, but plenty action underwater"
"Extremely remote bay"