Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Koh Tao

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Koh Tao

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  • Conny
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach, very clean and sandy, snorkeling is amazing, lots of fishes and corals, good restaurant nearby. Would recommend shoes for water
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Lucasmax
    Devizes, UK26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having read various websites stating they let you on the island before 10am. I can confirm they do not!
    I organised a long tail from Sairee Beach leaving at 09:00 with the hope of getting to the viewpoint without the hoards.
    Arrived on the island at 09:20 to be told I had to wait until 10:00 to enter the island. Thankfully I was allowed to stand by the payment counter in the shade as 40 minutes stood on the pier would have finished me off.
    At 09:45 the large Lomprayah ferry arrived and all of the people disembarked to walk straight through the ticket point and onto the island. When I asked the attendant on the ticket desk, I was told they are part of a prearranged tour and are allowed on early.
    As soon as the time reached 10:00 to the second I was allowed onto the island.
    I went straight to the viewpoint and thankfully I didn’t pass anyone walking up and I had around 10 minutes on my own before people started to appear.
    My advice to anyone making their way by long tail boat is to arrive at around 09:35 and wait it out. When allowed in, head straight up to the viewpoint to take your pictures then you may miss the crowds.
    Just to note. The signs on the island all say it closes at 15:00 (instead of 17:00 that I saw online) just to bear in mind if going in the afternoon.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Eva G
    26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view of shark bay and Chalok, but DO NOT try to climb up here if you aren’t ready for a scramble! You will be climbing up steep inclines, over boulders, with some rope to help pull yourself up. We went a particularly hot day too, and trust me, you need to bring water! There was no sign en-route suggesting it would be like this so this is your warning! However, If you are feeling up for the challenge the viewpoint is spectacular, there really is no other way to describe it.

    It’s also 50 THB each to get into freedom beach, which is where you walk through to start walking up to the viewpoint. Just something to consider if you’re on a tight budget!
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • GaryandLesleyTravel
    Auckland Central, New Zealand7,161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked from the pier along the coastal path which cost 100THB pp to enter as it goes through several private resorts (some no longer open) to Sai Nuan 2 and enjoyed gifs snorkelling and had lunch before continuing on to Chalok Baan Kao. The snorkelling was good particularly in front and to the right looking at the sea of the Banana Rock restaurant & bar. This beach can be accessed by road. If you are walking the snorkelling at the first beach you get to “Jansom Bay” was also good. The coastal path (starts at Charm Churee Villas) is defined although not really well sign posted.
    From Sai Nuan 2 follow the road and then path to Chalok Baan Kao. Turn off the road onto the driveway to the right at Char Bungalows and follow the path (& random red arrows).
    Written 23 June 2023
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  • Dany
    Calgary, Canada141 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smells like sewage and plenty of garbage in and around the water. The diving boats drop liters upon liters of oil into the water everyday so you are swimming in that as well. The restaurants and bars along the beach are pretty low quality catering to drunk teenagers. Overall, it's your typical Thai beach. Don't go with high expectations.
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • Aom A
    Bangkok, Thailand21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came here as i followed my GPS for a nice beach. You have to pay for the entrance but u also got a free soft drink. The beach was beautiful and not crowded. You can lay on the sand or find some beachchair. If hungry still have one restaurant over there. It was nice and good taste. Its up on the hill so u can see around too.
    Written 8 July 2020
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  • Nolajeanne11
    Nanaimo, Canada26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time to real muay thai, we usually watch UFC and wanted to see what a real muay thai fight was like. We watched 7 fights including younger fighters and a womans bout. All the fighters were respectful and very talented - highly recommend checking it out.
    Written 21 March 2020
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  • Worldtraveler Natascha
    Katwijk, The Netherlands256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view, a little bumpy road but its oke, not much to walk to the viewpoint so thats also nice :) the view is worth it
    Written 22 February 2023
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  • d3outguncom
    Sydney, Australia200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No real coral, it's all broken from storms, however if you swim out to where the boats are there are the biggest turtles we've ever seen in 30 years of diving
    Written 4 July 2023
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  • Bob G
    Derby, UK48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accessible by moped or on foot if you are staying close by. Lovely beach bar. Snorkel with the sharks and laze on the perfect beach. We stayed at Jamahkiri Resort and walked over the hill to the beach.
    Written 3 March 2023
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  • JimmyG
    Koh Tao, Thailand27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a discover local diving and ask to Rivera this spot. If the conditions are right the visibility will be great. Amazing underwater form beautiful hand plentiful Coral, and like most of Koh Tao the abundance of aquatic life really makes this island and Thailand the worlds premiere dive location.
    Written 11 October 2020
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  • Worldtraveler Natascha
    Katwijk, The Netherlands256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peacefull and quiet, sand of stones and the water is not that clean a lot of plants but its nice over here when you want some privacy
    Written 22 February 2023
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  • tonydcanuck
    British Columbia, Canada119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to spend a few hours on Koh Tao, lots to do - mini-golf, pool, kids play area (sanity break for parents :) ), movie theater, and sporting events on the big screen. Also has a great restaurant on-site and bars for fun beverages too!
    Written 21 August 2021
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  • Melissa
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took this cooking class as a couple and would totally recommend it!
    You cook on the roof terrace with a really great view. The food was amazing! Joy is an extremely good chef and gives her students the best insider tips! Everything was clean, well prepared and really delicious! We cooked Phanaeng Curry, Spring Rolls and Pad Thai. This was the best Curry we ever had
    A must if you are in Koh Tao!
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Linda C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!!! Absolutely wonderful. The performance was brilliant I loved every second of it. A must see in Ko Tao for the night!!! Ps: (you can go if you are respectful and tou understand that you are going to see an amazing ladyboy show, otherwise stay home!)
    Go go go see them now!!!!!!
    Written 25 January 2024
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