So you're done diving and snorkelling, had your fill of laying on the beach and now need something else to keep you busy on Ko Tao – don't fret! From working out at the gym to bouldering and rock climbing, there are plenty of reasons to get out of the hammock.
Ko Tao is a beautiful island both above and below the water and one-stop adventure shop Goodtime Thailand should be your first stop in looking into some activities to keep you busy. They offer a range of typical options including diving, snorkelling trips and around the island boat trips but above the water they also run rock climbing, cliff diving and abseiling activities.
Ko Tao has over 60 climbing routes and Goodtime have a comprehensive rock climbing guide for Ko Tao available for free download from their website. They also rent climbing gear if you're planning on climbing with some friends and don't need to do an organised outing.
Goodtime Thailand: Sairee Beach, Ko Tao. T: (087) 275 3604 goodtimethailand.com/
If you're looking a gym workout or muay Thai training, Ko Tao also has you covered with a variety of options.
Koh Tao Gym & Fitness is set back behind Sairee Village (on the road towards Hin Wong) and is a fully kitted out and well maintained gym. They also offer muay Thai training. A one day pass costs 200 baht (5 days for 800 baht, along with a range of longer-term memberships).
Monsoon Gym, between Mae Haad and Sairee on the main road, roughly behind In Touch Resort. They have a full western style gym, boxing, Muay Thai and MMA training. They also offer gladiator fitness. Rates start at 300 baht for a single session (6 sessions for 1,500 baht).
Koh Tao Cross Fit is also behind Sairee Village and offers open gym passes for 200 baht and crossfit for 500B (5 classes 2,000 baht).
Koh Tao Crossfit: Sairee Village, Ko Tao. T: (088) 845 3437 www.kohtaocrossfit.com/
Koh Tao Gym & Fitness: T: (082) 801 4014 www.kohtaogym.com/
Monsoon Gym: Sairee Beach, Ko Tao. T: (086) 271 2212 www.monsoongym.com/
Located just a little down the road to Ao Tanote, Ko Tao Animal Clinic has done an extraordinary job caring for stray animals and getting the animal population under control. A programme of neutering and education has ensured this control continues and locals let resident Thai vet Dr Jae Intaraksa and her clinic assistant Nai, know when they see animals in need. The clinic is a not-for-profit endeavour run by the Noistar Thai Animal Rescue Foundation, a UK-registered charity and a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
The centre takes its name from two dogs – Noi & Star – who were rescued from the island. The centre is self-funding with fund raising events both in the UK and on the island helping to keep things going. Your donations though are much appreciated. Volunteering here is possible, but you need to be a qualified vet – see their website for details. If you see an animal in need of assistance, contact them via the number below.
Koh Tao Animal Clinic: T: (081) 090 5372 www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/
By Stuart McDonald.
Last updated on 5th November, 2016.