When you’re planning a trip for your family, we know it’s important to have all the information you need ahead of time to plan the perfect stay. We want your time on Koh Tao to be relaxing, stress-free, and fun for all of you. The good news is that getting to Koh Tao is easy, the island is very safe, and there is so much to see, do, and explore once you arrive. So there’s no chance of ever being bored, and there are plenty of family-friendly accommodations and adventures to be had.
Staying in a central location like Mae Haad or Sairee means you’ll be close to all the services and facilities you need. Many Koh Tao resorts and hotels offer family suites or private family bungalows. Most have pools or beach access, guaranteeing plenty of family fun just feet from your door. Some even have small sectioned-off areas in the shallows where children can swim and snorkel safely. If you want to be based somewhere a bit more remote, there are many coastal accommodation options like quieter resorts in small bays and mountainside villas that promise complete privacy. Chalok is also a popular spot for families as the beach is quiet, and the water remains shallow all year round.
Koh Tao is a popular destination for families.
With plenty of family-friendly accommodation options in central yet quiet areas, you may find you can get around just fine on foot. There is a walking street next to the beach that runs all the way from north Sairee to Mae Haad. There are no trucks or cars allowed, making it a safe place to walk. If you want to explore further afield, you’ll find the roads on the island are good quality, which makes getting around Koh Tao easy by taxi cab or scooter. Taking a longtail taxi boat is another fun alternative and usually a firm favorite with children. way to meet people with similar interests. Regular events like quiz nights and karaoke sessions are also a fun way to expand your social circle, and if your timing is right, you could even be here for one of Koh Tao’s famous festivals. Sunset is one of the most social times of the day on Koh Tao, so even just popping into one of the beach bars and joining a table is likely to make you a heap more friends for you to have fun with during your stay.
Getting around Koh Tao is easy for families.
Restaurants on Koh Tao can cater to every craving. Got picky eaters in the family? Not to worry. Thai restaurants are used to catering to families and will be able to recommend favorites for children. You can even ask for none spicy versions if they want to try some traditional food without the risk of stomach upsets. If your family is not too adventurous with food, that’s fine too. There are lots of international restaurants serving up Italian, Indian, French, Japanese, Korean, and Mexican specialties. Children’s favorites like burgers, pizza, hot dogs, and spaghetti can be found on most menus, and a few restaurants even have special children’s meals.
If you want to organize daycare for your children while you take a dive course or just indulge in a bit of ‘you time’, there are several options. Many resorts offer in-house childcare and babysitting services, and there is a preschool offering daytime sitting for children from 9 months to 2 years. The international primary school is happy to take older children and welcomes tourists on short-term stays.
Did you know that children as young as 8 can try scuba diving, and kids from 10 and up can get their full junior open water diver license? Taking a scuba course as a family is a unique bonding experience, and the vibrant coral reefs and colorful fish are bound to have you all talking excitedly for hours after you exit the water. There are many shallow dive sites perfect for children’s scuba diving courses and fun introductory experiences, and most dive centers have special equipment for children like smaller tanks and gear.
Scuba diving is fun for all the family.