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Koh Tao Holidays

Koh Tao, which translates locally as "Turtle Island", is a small Thai island with many natural delights that await your discovery. There are beaches of golden sand, secluded bays with clear water. You’ll soon realise that Koh Tao scuba diving is incomparable to other islands and is a paradise underwater as much as it is above. 

Koh Tao is a much smaller island than its neighbours in the Chumphon Archipelago, and this is reflected in its charming, laid-back atmosphere. Discerning guests are very welcome - you’ll find that the island’s friendly welcome is complemented with increasingly upmarket facilities that coexist thoughtfully with the stunning natural beauty.

Sandy beaches and outstanding Koh Tao diving

Koh Tao scuba diving is some of the best in the Gulf of Thailand due to local and international environmental organisations working hard to protect the ecosystem. Koh Tao is a significant breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles and, if you’re lucky, you may get to see them for yourself. There is also a chance to see whale sharks and bull sharks around the Chumphon Pinnacle dive site.

Your Koh Tao holidays don’t need to be just about the water-based wonders. Visit Wat Koh Tao, a Buddhist temple where you can meet monks and get an insight into their serene and ritualised way of life. Go jungle hiking to reach amazing view points such as John Suwan and Koh Nang Yuan for unbelievable vistas of the island. You can even add rock climbing and bouldering to your list of things to do in Koh Tao.

Why not make the most of your time in Thailand and enjoy an island-hopping holiday? You can take a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao which is just a one and a half hour crossing. Alternatively, for a complete contrast to the relaxed island life, consider including the vibrant capital city of Bangkok or Chiang Mai in northern Thailand with its indigenous hill tribe communities and misty mountains for a complete contrast to the relaxed island life

Destination Highlights
  • Experience Koh Tao diving, regarded as some of the best in the whole of Thailand and Southeast Asia
  • Spend an afternoon at Sairee Beach, a lovely centre for shopping and eating, as well as glorious sunsets
  • Head to the top snorkelling spots around Koh Tao Island such as Tanote Bay, the Japanese Gardens and Aow Muang
  • Unwind in style in a hammock or on a sunlounger on the many stunning beaches of Koh Tao Thailand

Our favourite hotels

Let us help you find the perfect accommodation in Koh Tao. For inspiration from our experts, browse our favourite places to stay in Koh Tao - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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The Beach Club and Haad Tien Beach Resort Koh Tao

Koh Tao

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,599  pp

The Beach Club and Haad Tien Beach Resort Koh Tao

Time Zone

+ 7 GMT

Currency

Thai baht (THB)

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if they’re staying less than 30 days.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Koh Tao is known around the world as being a haven for divers of all abilities. Divers flock here for the spectacular sites beneath the warm waves, but also because it's probably one of the most affordable places to participate in the sport. Sairee beach is the main town and has a true community feel – it's a great place to sample local cuisine and participate in some souvenir shopping. The fresh seafood here is not to be missed, with many restaurants which will tempt you in with their catch of the day.

  • Thai food

    Street food stalls are dotted throughout Thailand's streets in every city and town and offer a great way to taste authentic Thailand.

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    Island hopping

    With such a wide choice of idyllic places to visit in Thailand, why stick to one when you can visit two or more islands to see even more?

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Average weather in January

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Koh Tao
26ºC
123mm

Average weather in February

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Koh Tao
26ºC
39mm

Average weather in March

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Koh Tao
27ºC
54mm

Average weather in April

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Koh Tao
29ºC
85mm

Average weather in May

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Koh Tao
29ºC
172mm

Average weather in June

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Koh Tao
28ºC
118mm

Average weather in July

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Koh Tao
28ºC
146mm

Average weather in August

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Koh Tao
28ºC
167mm

Average weather in September

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Koh Tao
28ºC
141mm

Average weather in October

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Koh Tao
27ºC
275mm

Average weather in November

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Koh Tao
26ºC
463mm

Average weather in December

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Koh Tao
26ºC
188mm
  • a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

    John

    Destination Specialist

    “Do not underestimate the strength of the sun - take lots of sunscreen with you, as purchasing it in Koh Tao and other parts of Thailand is a very expensive option. Wearing a t-shirt while snorkelling is also recommended.”

  • Lesley, Managing Director

    Lesley

    Managing Director

    “If you have ever wanted to learn to dive - do it in Koh Tao. With over 80 dive schools on this tiny island, prices are kept low - whilst standards are very high.”

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Koh Tao holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Koh Tao island also seems quite keen to celebrate international days, including St Patrick's Day!

  • Songkran

    Koh Tao is a fun and very laid-back place to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year.

  • Koh Tao Underwater World Festival

    Koh Tao also has its own little festival in June: Koh Tao Underwater World Festival focuses on the island’s conservation efforts and features beach clean-ups, live music, information stalls and, importantly, the release of turtle hatchlings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Koh Tao is only accessible via boat from Koh Samui. The boat from Koh Samui takes around 2 hours.

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