Ideal duration: 2-3 days
Best Time: December - September Read More
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Koh Tao is an island in the Chumphon Archipelago group of islands in the southeastern part of Thailand. It is largely popular for scuba diving and snorkelling as it has some of the best and cheapest diving spots in the world. The island is also known for its pristine white sand beaches, lantern-lit restaurants, delicious food, and of course, the abundant sea turtles residing on its shores, as suggested by its name. On the one hand, it has a proud and vibrant local culture, and on the other, it has a relaxing atmosphere and an exciting nightlife.
Koh Tao, being synonymous with diving, requires four days if one wants to do a PADI or ISSI diving course. Most travellers come here for diving education. However, if you're here only to relax, a two-day trip works just fine. Snorkelling is also available for those who might not want to dive but still explore the corals and marine life, with many beautiful spots that even beginners can enjoy.
Koh Tao is known to be the laid back and less developed neighbour of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. With small shacks, many bungalows and thatched hostels, and small cafes and eateries, the island attracts those looking for a relaxing and quiet seaside vacation. Besides scuba-diving, swimming, and snorkelling, visitors can also indulge in hiking and rock-climbing on the island's eastern side.
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Koh Tao boasts a vibrant nightlife scene. With pubs offering delicious Thai grub, cabaret shows, nightclubs presenting international DJs, pool parties, bars screening movies, and ocean-view dining lounges, Koh Tao sparkles till dawn. Every place is has an exotic collection of fantastic cuisines, imported wines, beer, and cocktails. You can also enjoy shopping for handicrafts at colourful night markets.
Here are some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Koh Tao -
Koh Tao is known for its cheap accommodation and water activities. If you're looking for a relaxing trip by the beach and eating local, you will be done in THB 1000. Whereas if you want to visit bars and parties, then alcohol will have to raise your budget a little, and in such cases, you would require THB 1500 - 2000 approximately.
Q. How is Koh Tao different from Koh Phangan and Koh Samui? Which of these is best for a budget travel?
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