Top things to do

Top Choice Thai in Ko Tao

The Gallery

One of the most pleasant settings in town, the food here is equally special. The signature dish is hor mok maprao on (chicken, shrimp and fish curry served in a young coconut) but the white snapper fillet in creamy …
Top Choice Fusion in Ko Tao

Barracuda Restaurant & Bar

Sociable chef Ed Jones caters for the Thai princess when she's in town, but you can sample his exquisite cuisine for mere pennies in comparison to her budget. Locally sourced ingredients are turned into creative, fr…
Top Choice Beach in Ko Tao

Ao Tanot

With crystal-clear waters and superb snorkelling, pretty Ao Tanot on the east coast also affords excellent rock-jumping opportunities from the huge rock in the bay. If diving or snorkelling, look out for angelfish, …
Top Choice Homewares in Ko Tao

Hammock Cafe Plaeyuan

This small French- and Thai-run cafe with tables out front on the road to Chalok Ban Kao doubles as a hammock shop, selling a fantastic selection of brightly coloured Mlabri hand-woven hammocks, some with up to 3km …
Top Choice International in Ko Tao


This starched, white, beachy spot falls somewhere between being a restaurant and a chic seaside bar – foodies will appreciate the tasty twists on indigenous and international dishes. Dine amid dangling white Christ…
Top Choice Dive Site in Ko Tao

Chumphon Pinnacle

Chumphon Pinnacle (36m maximum depth), 11km northwest of Ko Tao, has a colourful assortment of sea anemones along the four interconnected pinnacles. The site plays host to schools of giant trevally, tuna, bat fish a…
Top Choice Chinese in Ko Tao

995 Roasted Duck

You may have to queue a while to get a seat at this glorified shack and wonder what all the fuss is about. The fuss is excellent roast duck, from 70B for a steaming bowl of roasted waterfowl with noodles to 700B for…
Top Choice Bar in Ko Tao

Lotus Bar

Lotus is the leading late-night hang-out spot along the northern end of Sairee; it also affords front-row seats to some spectacular sunsets. Muscular fire-twirlers toss around flaming batons, and the drinks are so l…
Top Choice Bar in Ko Tao

Fizz beachlounge

Come sunset, sink into a green beanbag, order up a designer cocktail and let the hypnotic surf roll in amid a symphony of ambient sounds. Fantastic.
Top Choice Beach in Ko Tao

Laem Thian Beach

In the lee of the headland, this secluded and sheltered little white-sand beach in the middle of the east coast, north of Ao Tanot, is a delightful place with excellent snorkelling, fabulous rock jumping and very cl…