ESSENTIALS

  • The island’s name means ‘Turtle Island’ in Thai so keep an eye out for sea turtles!
  • Bring a lightweight rain coat & umbrella because you’re bound to experience at least one tropical shower
  • Don’t drink the water! Use bottled water even for brushing your teeth
  • Koh Tao only recently became a major tourist destination in Thailand in the 1980’s after being deserted in the 1950’s
  • Thailand is known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Smiles’ – it won’t take you long to be beaming alongside the locals
Koh Tao

SHORTLIST

  1. Lounge on the beach while sipping on a fresh coconut
  2. Take a Thai cooking class at Koh Tao Montra
  3. Go on a private round island cruise tour
  4. Take a yoga class
  5. Go diving or snorkeling
  6. Hike to get a bird’s eye view of the island
  7. Eat green curry at Tukta Thai
  8. Watch a beachside fire show
  9. Get a Thai massage
  10. Go sailing with Island Cruises

STAY

Private Pool Cliffside
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Hillside Villa
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ITINERARY

Friday

  • Thai Massage | Settle in and work out the airplane kinks with a Thai stone massage at spa Aurori. The peaceful atmosphere will get you into the relaxed island spirit that embodies this island paradise. Thailand is world renowned for its spa therapy.
  • Tukta Thai | Dive right in to the regional cuisine and order up some green curry or noodles at this local favorite. It’s said to be some of the most authentic home style Thai cooking on the island.
  • Hike | Head down a jungle path to get a 360 degree birds eye view of the beautiful island you’ll call home for the next few days. John Suwan Rock Viewpoint is a fairly easy hike to make. And the view is unforgettable.
  • Alila and Zunami | A good place to pick up any apparel you may have forgotten or decided you need. They carry both mens’s and women’s swim and active wear for your island adventures.
  • Dinner | Enjoy freshly caught seafood and a few cocktails at Barracuda for a fine dining option. Locals fisherman catch crab, fish, and squid daily and this restaurant cooks it up Thai fusion style. Another great option is Ban’s Diving Resort with breathtaking modern architecture. Take a seat near one of the curved windows in the round dining room and watch the sunset over the palms and water.
  • Beachside Fire Show | Every night locals & tourists alike gather on the beach to hear DJ’s throwing down beats, live bands, and fire spinners putting on a show. Just walking the Sairee Beach pretty much guarantees a show, but the Fishbowl Bar has one of the most well-known pyro spectaculars on the island.

Saturday

  • Cappuccino | This French patisserie and coffee shop will have you wondering if you’re on an island in South East Asia or in the heart of Paris. French expats serve up delicious breakfast at this little joint.
  • Round Island Cruise | Get out on the water with your own private cruise. You’ll drop anchor at all the most scenic bays around Koh Tao and can snorkel or even scuba dive at your leisure. You have the choice of a half day excursion or you can explore the island on land and underwater all day.
  • Chumphon Pinnacle | If snorkeling and diving is your thing, visit this dive site offering the most spectacular visibility of reef and sea life.
  • Lunch | Either grab a bite at your captain’s favorite spot on the cruise or head to The Gallery for lunch. You’ll be enchanted with the ambiance at this restaurant. Vines hang from the ceiling of this hip jungle island eatery, not to mention their menu is full of Thai and Western favorites.
  • Beach Cocktails | Grab a cocktail or two at Fizz Beachlounge or throw back some brews with the locals at the Safety Stop Pub. Both great options for whiling away the afternoon.
  • Dinner | Take in a sunset at The Whitening with a drink in hand and the sand between your toes at one of the island’s most romantic spots.

 

 

Sunday

  • Light Breakfast | Grab a tropical fruit smoothie at Living Juices so you can save your appetite for feasting on your hard earned Thai culinary delights from cooking class. If you prefer a breakfast pastry, head to Chocolat Koh Tao to nibble on croissants at this hip French breakfast café.
  • Cooking Class | Head over to Montra to enjoy the souvenir that lasts a lifetime: a Thai cooking class. Hone your skills and learn regional recipes so you can relive your island memories through the cuisine once you’re home. Make your own lunch and have fun playing chef for the day.
  • Flip Flop and Treacle | Near the Montra Resort, shop for high-end swimwear and beach inspired accessories.
  • Sunset Sail | Island Cruises takes you out on a sailing yacht for two hours to watch the sun turn the water gold as it sinks below the horizon. This romantic cruise is the perfect way to end your day.
  • Sairee Cottage BBQ | This beachside grill turns out a mean barbecue every evening with skewers filets, and steaks. Arrive as early as possible because this place fills up. Surprisingly, you’ll find Italian fine dining in the middle of South East Asia at the Portobello Bistro. The romantic little restaurant serves up some excellent pizzas and pastas.

 

Monday

  • Fitness Café | The healthy breakfast options at this vegan friendly café are delicious. The café cooks up western breakfasts as well as Thai so whether you’re feeling adventurous or in the mood for something familiar, they’ve got you covered. If you’re into a continental breakfast Zest is the place to go. I highly recommend the eggs benedict and bacon baguettes.
  • Yoga at Grounded Wellbeing Centre | Squeeze in a yoga session from 10 to 11:30 in a bamboo-gated sand garden. You’re sure to find some extra serenity for the day and warm up your muscles in the morning class.
  • Zanzibar | A sandwich at this African-themed lunch spot comes highly recommended. The atmosphere is fun and hip. If you can’t get enough Thai, Thipwimarn Restaurant has great vegetarian friendly options.
  • Beach | Spend your afternoon soaking up the sun while sipping on a coconut and nibbling on fresh fruit at Sai Nuan’s white sand beach. The secluded Jansom Bay offers excellent snorkeling with a private beach feel.
  • Montalay Sand Bar | End your day at with some fine Asian fusion dining and top shelf cocktails. Watch the sun set over the water and you’ll be wishing your island vacay could last forever.

PACKING LIST

ROADMAP

Includes every location mentioned above

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