Photo: What lies beneath?

Ko Tao is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Tao as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Tao’s different areas.

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Ko Tao nightlife

While it has been said that Ko Tao is a drinking island with a diving problem, you can easily avoid the mayhem if you wish. However you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog unless you wanted to find out where the party’s at and there’s certainly a party to be had on Ko Tao on any given... Read our full review of Ko Tao nightlife.

Cappuccino Bistro
Main Pier Street, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 870

Cappuccino Bistro is the only French-owned bakery on Ko Tao. It serves a variety of cakes, tarts and sandwiches along with arguably the best cup of coffee around and is well located up the hill on the main road in Sairee running from the... Read our full review of Cappuccino Bistro.

Bam Bams, Ko Tao

Bam Bams in Ko Tao is one of those rickety looking, plastic chair, roadside Thai restaurants with garish wipe-clean table covers. While that description probably does little to entice you in, those who have travelled through Thailand will know that these can often the best places to eat, especially when you’re on a tight... Read our full review of Bam Bams, Ko Tao.

Portobello Bistro
9/39 Moo 1, Sairee Beach
T: (077) 456 029 / (084)440 7028

Portobello Bistro is the pizza joint of preference in Ko Tao’s Haad Sairee, offering pizzas with a great choice of toppings and no skimping on the portions. It’s open, airy, furnished with dark wood and bustles with people, yet manages to retain a warm atmosphere, making it worth seeking... Read our full review of Portobello Bistro.

Eating cheaply on Ko Tao

Ko Tao has a great range of places to eat but not every spot is suitable to those on a shoestring budget. If you are watching your pennies there’s no need to miss out on tasty treats though; you just need to know where to... Read our full review of Eating cheaply on Ko Tao.

Sunday roasts on Ko Tao

Sunday roasts are a tradition for many in the West — but can you get a decent one on Ko Tao if you ever tire of the delicious Thai food on offer? The good news is yes, you can, and although you wouldn’t need a month of Sundays to try each there’s certainly enough options to choose... Read our full review of Sunday roasts on Ko Tao.

A Taste Of Home
East Sairee, opposite the Yellow Hotel
T: (08) 60120727

Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good prices, it’s worth keeping an eye out... Read our full review of A Taste Of Home.

Ko Tao eats: Restaurants with good deals

Ko Tao has a range of restaurants offering some solid deals when it comes to saving money… And while streetside is always cheapest of all, here’s a selection of places to eat that are a step up with good... Read our full review of Ko Tao eats: Restaurants with good deals.

Dolce Vita Restaurant
Down Road, Mae Haad
T: (08) 48453785

If you need an Italian fix while on Ko Tao, then there’s no other place than Dolce Vita. While not the cheapest, if you love Italian food then it’s worth every baht as it’s a cut well above a run of the mill pizza... Read our full review of Dolce Vita Restaurant.

Finding vegan food on Ko Tao

Travelling in Southeast Asia and being vegan can sometimes be a bit challenging — many vendors and restaurants have a habit of adding animal-based ingredients even to food you’d like to just be vegetarian (albeit usually with good intentions). Here are some tips for sticking to a vegan diet on Thailand’s Ko... Read our full review of Finding vegan food on Ko Tao.

On a budget in Mae Haad, Ko Tao

If you’re on a tight budget, Mae Haad is a great place to stay on Ko Tao owing to its central location. All transport arrives and departs from here so you are never stuck for taxis or longtails. You have every amenity you need and a choice or bars and restaurants too. There’s beach and some decent snorkelling if you don’t want to venture far... Read our full review of On a budget in Mae Haad, Ko Tao.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Tao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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