A Weekend in Paradise: A 2-day itinerary for young travellers in Ko Tao, Thailand.
Experience a weekend in Ko Tao, a tropical haven perfect for young travelers. From sunrises on tranquil beaches to vibrant nightlife, this Thai island offers a well-rounded escape that balances relaxation and adventure. Whether you're savoring local ice cream or soaking up happy hour deals by the sea, Ko Tao delivers a memorable 48-hour getaway.
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Ko Tao.

Before heading to Ko Tao, it's important to know that the island is renowned for its diving spots, so consider getting your PADI certification if you're interested in exploring underwater.

While the island is relatively safe, be cautious with scooter rentals as the roads can be challenging.

Also, cash is KING here, I repeat KING; not all places accept credit cards, and ATMs can have high fees.

Lastly, respect local customs and environmental guidelines to preserve the island's natural beauty.

A little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a memorable stay.

Day 1:

If you’re like us and you’re all about saving time, you’ll probably have taken the overnight ferry that arrives in Ko Tao around 5am.

If you can’t check in yet I recommend going to a 7-eleven to get some snacks and drinks before heading to Sairee beach to watch the sunrise and pet the island pups.

7-Eleven
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Sairee Beach
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Sairee Beach is Ko Tao's most popular stretch of sand, famous for its sunsets and lively atmosphere. Lined with bars and dive shops, it's the perfect spot for both daytime fun and evening entertainment.
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We stayed at the blue view villa, which was a highlight of our stay, however the hostels in Ko Tao are really good and a way better option for more affordable housing. Most places will have a 2pm check in. Checking in right after lunch or late afternoon (depending on how long you want to keep your things with you) are the best options.

Blue view villa
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Blue View Villa in Ko Tao is a luxury hilltop retreat, known for its panoramic ocean views and private infinity pool. It offers a perfect blend of comfort and style, close to prime diving spots and beaches.
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Savage Hostel Koh Tao
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Savage Hostel in Ko Tao is a social hub for travellers, offering budget-friendly accommodations and a lively atmosphere. Known for its community events and bar, it's a go-to spot for those looking to meet new people and enjoy the island's nightlife. I haven't stayed there myself yet but I have only heard good things so I thought I'd add it :)
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Indie Hostel Koh Tao
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Around 7:30 the first places to have breakfast at open.

I recommend grabbing breakfast at The Factory Cafe, we had breakfast there twice and weren’t disappointed by ANYTHING we ordered.

The Factory Cafe
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The Factory Cafe in Ko Tao is more than just a coffee shop; it's a lifestyle space. Known for its high-quality artisanal coffee and a cozy, modern ambiance, the cafe also offers a varied menu that caters to different dietary needs. Whether you're looking for a comfortable spot to work remotely or a laid-back setting for a casual meet-up, The Factory Cafe provides the perfect backdrop for a range of occasions. With free Wi-Fi and a selection of pastries and meals, it's a beloved spot among locals and travelers alike. Our favourites were the refreshing cucumber water, the açai bowls and the avocado toasts to which we added their perfectly poached eggs).
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Head down to Sairee Beach after breakfast through the island dive club road next to The Factory Cafe. This street houses very cute shops like may & co, a treasure trove for original jewellery and organic goods and Plas-Tao, an eco-conscious project dedicated to tackling plastic pollution and promoting sustainable practices on the island!

May and Co.
@Leastraveldiaries
May & Co. in Ko Tao is a chic boutique offering a curated selection of fashion, accessories, and home goods. Known for its blend of local and international brands, the store provides a unique shopping experience in a beautifully designed space. Whether you're hunting for a unique souvenir or a stylish wardrobe addition, May & Co. offers quality and variety for discerning shoppers.
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Plas-Tao
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PlasTao in Ko Tao is a sustainability-focused initiative aimed at reducing plastic waste on the island. Known for its educational programs and community clean-up events, PlasTao serves as a hub for eco-conscious travellers and locals alike. By offering reusable products and promoting responsible tourism, they play a crucial role in preserving Ko Tao's natural beauty.
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Sairee Beach
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Sairee Beach is Ko Tao's most popular stretch of sand, famous for its sunsets and lively atmosphere. Lined with bars and dive shops, it's the perfect spot for both daytime fun and evening entertainment.
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Enjoy the beach and the small road (called Walking street) that borders it, it’s filled with local shops with incredible products all the way down to the end of it.

Walking Street
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The Walking Street is the island's bustling marketplace, known for its eclectic mix of food stalls, souvenir shops, and live entertainment. Open in the evenings, it's a vibrant cultural experience where locals and tourists come together. From sampling local delicacies to shopping for handmade crafts, it offers a slice of Ko Tao's diverse community and is a must-visit for anyone looking to soak in the local atmosphere.
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If you’re lucky you might come across Big Boy, the greatest cuddle buddy. He WILL however fall asleep on your towel and take up all of it if he has the chance 😂

Lunch

Have a nice lunch at either :

Café Culture Coffee
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A haven for coffee aficionados, renowned for its high-quality brews and inviting ambience. Coupled with free Wi-Fi and a relaxed atmosphere, it's a popular spot for both remote work and leisurely catch-ups. Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or just looking for a cosy spot to unwind, Cafe Culture Coffee hits all the right notes.
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Blue Water cafe & restaurant
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Known for its diverse menu that fuses local Thai flavours with international cuisine and set against a backdrop of ocean views, the restaurant offers both a feast for the eyes and the palate. With its welcoming atmosphere and attentive service, Bluewater is an ideal spot for romantic dinners or casual family gatherings. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious chicken wrap or a classic Thai curry, this eatery offers a culinary experience that complements the island's natural beauty.
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Whitening Restaurant
@Leastraveldiaries
This restaurant stands out for its stylish, minimalist decor and creative Thai fusion cuisine. Known for taking traditional dishes and giving them a modern twist, the restaurant has quickly become a favorite among both locals and visitors. Set in a tranquil atmosphere, it offers an elegant dining experience that focuses on quality ingredients and exceptional service. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a unique culinary adventure, it delivers on all fronts.
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Late afternoon

Don’t forget to grab some of the ice cream at Pippin’s homemade after the beach it’s so so worth it 🤩

I highly recommend the Thai Tea flavour it’s truly amazing.

Pippin’s Homemade Ice Cream Gelato Koh Tao
@Leastraveldiaries
Pippin's Homemade Ice Cream in Ko Tao is a must-visit for dessert lovers. Renowned for its variety of unique, hand-crafted flavours, the shop offers a delightful break from the tropical heat. Using local ingredients, Pippin's not only serves classic favourites but also introduces customers to exotic tastes. Set in a cosy atmosphere, it's the perfect spot for a sweet treat after a day of island adventures.
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Make a pit stop at Fishbowl, a beach bar that is quite literally on the beach, for some afternoon drinks during happy hour (they have really really good deals during the late afternoon)

Fishbowl Beach Bar
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Keep in mind it does tend to get really packed through the night so it’s usually a good idea to get a table early and keep it through the night
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Grab a taxi and head home and get ready for a night to remember ;)

Evening

Enjoy a dinner in the sky at the Barracuda Roof top, I recommend their Chinese duck pancakes, they are insane, genuinely.

Barracuda Roof Top Restaurant & Bar
@Leastraveldiaries
Barracuda Rooftop is a popular dining spot known for its panoramic views and seafood-centric menu. Elevated above the island's hustle and bustle, the rooftop setting provides a serene backdrop for an exquisite meal. Specialising in freshly caught barracuda and other local fish, the restaurant offers a unique blend of traditional and contemporary flavors. With its relaxed yet upscale atmosphere, Barracuda Rooftop is a go-to destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience with a view.
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Then take a walk and enjoy the fire show outside of the Lotus restaurant while you digest.

Lotus Restaurant
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If it’s Saturday, head to The Local, a karaoke night that is sure to make an impression.

The Local | Bar, Live Music, Events, Karaoke
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Known for its inviting atmosphere, the venue strikes a perfect balance between a laid-back bar and an energetic karaoke spot. With an extensive drink menu and a wide selection of songs, it’s the ideal place for both budding singers and those who prefer to enjoy the show. The Local provides a unique blend of casual drinking and lively entertainment, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the full spectrum of Ko Tao’s nightlife.
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If it’s any other day head back to Fishbowl and enjoy the blasting music and fun crowd

Fishbowl Beach Bar
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Keep in mind it does tend to get really packed through the night so it’s usually a good idea to get a table early and keep it through the night
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Day 2:

Tanote Bay
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Tanote Bay is a quieter, more secluded spot on Ko Tao, ideal for snorkeling and diving. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it offers a peaceful escape from the island's busier areas.
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Lai beachbar
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Enjoy :)

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A Weekend in Paradise: A 2-day itinerary for young travellers in Ko Tao, Thailand.
Experience a weekend in Ko Tao, a tropical haven perfect for young travelers. From sunrises on tranquil beaches to vibrant nightlife, this Thai island offers a well-rounded escape that balances relaxation and adventure. Whether you're savoring local ice cream or soaking up happy hour deals by the sea, Ko Tao delivers a memorable 48-hour getaway.
21 Places • 1 Save • ago
Free

Ko Tao.

Before heading to Ko Tao, it's important to know that the island is renowned for its diving spots, so consider getting your PADI certification if you're interested in exploring underwater.

While the island is relatively safe, be cautious with scooter rentals as the roads can be challenging.

Also, cash is KING here, I repeat KING; not all places accept credit cards, and ATMs can have high fees.

Lastly, respect local customs and environmental guidelines to preserve the island's natural beauty.

A little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a memorable stay.

Day 1:

If you’re like us and you’re all about saving time, you’ll probably have taken the overnight ferry that arrives in Ko Tao around 5am.

If you can’t check in yet I recommend going to a 7-eleven to get some snacks and drinks before heading to Sairee beach to watch the sunrise and pet the island pups.

7-Eleven
@Leastraveldiaries
The ham and cheese toasties are a really good drunk snack fyi
Add to
Details
Sairee Beach
@Leastraveldiaries
Sairee Beach is Ko Tao's most popular stretch of sand, famous for its sunsets and lively atmosphere. Lined with bars and dive shops, it's the perfect spot for both daytime fun and evening entertainment.
Add to
Details

We stayed at the blue view villa, which was a highlight of our stay, however the hostels in Ko Tao are really good and a way better option for more affordable housing. Most places will have a 2pm check in. Checking in right after lunch or late afternoon (depending on how long you want to keep your things with you) are the best options.

Blue view villa
@Leastraveldiaries
Blue View Villa in Ko Tao is a luxury hilltop retreat, known for its panoramic ocean views and private infinity pool. It offers a perfect blend of comfort and style, close to prime diving spots and beaches.
Add to
Details
Savage Hostel Koh Tao
@Leastraveldiaries
Savage Hostel in Ko Tao is a social hub for travellers, offering budget-friendly accommodations and a lively atmosphere. Known for its community events and bar, it's a go-to spot for those looking to meet new people and enjoy the island's nightlife. I haven't stayed there myself yet but I have only heard good things so I thought I'd add it :)
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Details
Indie Hostel Koh Tao
@Leastraveldiaries
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Around 7:30 the first places to have breakfast at open.

I recommend grabbing breakfast at The Factory Cafe, we had breakfast there twice and weren’t disappointed by ANYTHING we ordered.

The Factory Cafe
@Leastraveldiaries
The Factory Cafe in Ko Tao is more than just a coffee shop; it's a lifestyle space. Known for its high-quality artisanal coffee and a cozy, modern ambiance, the cafe also offers a varied menu that caters to different dietary needs. Whether you're looking for a comfortable spot to work remotely or a laid-back setting for a casual meet-up, The Factory Cafe provides the perfect backdrop for a range of occasions. With free Wi-Fi and a selection of pastries and meals, it's a beloved spot among locals and travelers alike. Our favourites were the refreshing cucumber water, the açai bowls and the avocado toasts to which we added their perfectly poached eggs).
Add to
Details

Head down to Sairee Beach after breakfast through the island dive club road next to The Factory Cafe. This street houses very cute shops like may & co, a treasure trove for original jewellery and organic goods and Plas-Tao, an eco-conscious project dedicated to tackling plastic pollution and promoting sustainable practices on the island!

May and Co.
@Leastraveldiaries
May & Co. in Ko Tao is a chic boutique offering a curated selection of fashion, accessories, and home goods. Known for its blend of local and international brands, the store provides a unique shopping experience in a beautifully designed space. Whether you're hunting for a unique souvenir or a stylish wardrobe addition, May & Co. offers quality and variety for discerning shoppers.
Add to
Details
Plas-Tao
@Leastraveldiaries
PlasTao in Ko Tao is a sustainability-focused initiative aimed at reducing plastic waste on the island. Known for its educational programs and community clean-up events, PlasTao serves as a hub for eco-conscious travellers and locals alike. By offering reusable products and promoting responsible tourism, they play a crucial role in preserving Ko Tao's natural beauty.
Add to
Details

Sairee Beach
@Leastraveldiaries
Sairee Beach is Ko Tao's most popular stretch of sand, famous for its sunsets and lively atmosphere. Lined with bars and dive shops, it's the perfect spot for both daytime fun and evening entertainment.
Add to
Details

Enjoy the beach and the small road (called Walking street) that borders it, it’s filled with local shops with incredible products all the way down to the end of it.

Walking Street
@Leastraveldiaries
The Walking Street is the island's bustling marketplace, known for its eclectic mix of food stalls, souvenir shops, and live entertainment. Open in the evenings, it's a vibrant cultural experience where locals and tourists come together. From sampling local delicacies to shopping for handmade crafts, it offers a slice of Ko Tao's diverse community and is a must-visit for anyone looking to soak in the local atmosphere.
Add to
Details

If you’re lucky you might come across Big Boy, the greatest cuddle buddy. He WILL however fall asleep on your towel and take up all of it if he has the chance 😂

Lunch

Have a nice lunch at either :

Café Culture Coffee
@Leastraveldiaries
A haven for coffee aficionados, renowned for its high-quality brews and inviting ambience. Coupled with free Wi-Fi and a relaxed atmosphere, it's a popular spot for both remote work and leisurely catch-ups. Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or just looking for a cosy spot to unwind, Cafe Culture Coffee hits all the right notes.
Add to
Details
Blue Water cafe & restaurant
@Leastraveldiaries
Known for its diverse menu that fuses local Thai flavours with international cuisine and set against a backdrop of ocean views, the restaurant offers both a feast for the eyes and the palate. With its welcoming atmosphere and attentive service, Bluewater is an ideal spot for romantic dinners or casual family gatherings. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious chicken wrap or a classic Thai curry, this eatery offers a culinary experience that complements the island's natural beauty.
Add to
Details
Whitening Restaurant
@Leastraveldiaries
This restaurant stands out for its stylish, minimalist decor and creative Thai fusion cuisine. Known for taking traditional dishes and giving them a modern twist, the restaurant has quickly become a favorite among both locals and visitors. Set in a tranquil atmosphere, it offers an elegant dining experience that focuses on quality ingredients and exceptional service. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a unique culinary adventure, it delivers on all fronts.
Add to
Details

Late afternoon

Don’t forget to grab some of the ice cream at Pippin’s homemade after the beach it’s so so worth it 🤩

I highly recommend the Thai Tea flavour it’s truly amazing.

Pippin’s Homemade Ice Cream Gelato Koh Tao
@Leastraveldiaries
Pippin's Homemade Ice Cream in Ko Tao is a must-visit for dessert lovers. Renowned for its variety of unique, hand-crafted flavours, the shop offers a delightful break from the tropical heat. Using local ingredients, Pippin's not only serves classic favourites but also introduces customers to exotic tastes. Set in a cosy atmosphere, it's the perfect spot for a sweet treat after a day of island adventures.
Add to
Details

Make a pit stop at Fishbowl, a beach bar that is quite literally on the beach, for some afternoon drinks during happy hour (they have really really good deals during the late afternoon)

Fishbowl Beach Bar
@Leastraveldiaries
Keep in mind it does tend to get really packed through the night so it’s usually a good idea to get a table early and keep it through the night
Add to
Details

Grab a taxi and head home and get ready for a night to remember ;)

Evening

Enjoy a dinner in the sky at the Barracuda Roof top, I recommend their Chinese duck pancakes, they are insane, genuinely.

Barracuda Roof Top Restaurant & Bar
@Leastraveldiaries
Barracuda Rooftop is a popular dining spot known for its panoramic views and seafood-centric menu. Elevated above the island's hustle and bustle, the rooftop setting provides a serene backdrop for an exquisite meal. Specialising in freshly caught barracuda and other local fish, the restaurant offers a unique blend of traditional and contemporary flavors. With its relaxed yet upscale atmosphere, Barracuda Rooftop is a go-to destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience with a view.
Add to
Details

Then take a walk and enjoy the fire show outside of the Lotus restaurant while you digest.

Lotus Restaurant
@Leastraveldiaries
Add to
Details

If it’s Saturday, head to The Local, a karaoke night that is sure to make an impression.

The Local | Bar, Live Music, Events, Karaoke
@Leastraveldiaries
Known for its inviting atmosphere, the venue strikes a perfect balance between a laid-back bar and an energetic karaoke spot. With an extensive drink menu and a wide selection of songs, it’s the ideal place for both budding singers and those who prefer to enjoy the show. The Local provides a unique blend of casual drinking and lively entertainment, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the full spectrum of Ko Tao’s nightlife.
Add to
Details

If it’s any other day head back to Fishbowl and enjoy the blasting music and fun crowd

Fishbowl Beach Bar
@Leastraveldiaries
Keep in mind it does tend to get really packed through the night so it’s usually a good idea to get a table early and keep it through the night
Add to
Details

Day 2:

Tanote Bay
@Leastraveldiaries
Tanote Bay is a quieter, more secluded spot on Ko Tao, ideal for snorkeling and diving. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it offers a peaceful escape from the island's busier areas.
Add to
Details

Lai beachbar
@Leastraveldiaries
Add to
Details

Enjoy :)

* * *
CURATED BY
Currently at 30 countries visited, and 165 to go! Where I am right now: Tulum - Mexico city - Puerto Escondido A little about me and the guides : I'm a world traveller and passionate explorer, dedicated to crafting interactive maps and curated travel guides that inspire wanderlust! My mission is to curate unique destinations, hidden gems, and must-visit landmarks for fellow adventure enthusiasts 🤩 Let's embark on this global exploration together and uncover all of the world's wonders, one guide at a time! 🌍✈️ All maps are free, and so are guides and itineraries until they’re fully complete :))
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