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Is Koh Tao Safe?

Is Koh Tao safe for holidaymakers? With a bit of planning and common sense, yes! Get the inside info and best tips for safety on Koh Tao here.

Koh Tao is just like any other tourist destination. Safety can never be 100% guaranteed anywhere in the world, but by being prepared and using good judgment, most accidents and issues can be avoided. No tourist hotspot as popular as Koh Tao is perfect, and we’re not pretending to have an unblemished record. But, we’re passionate about providing every single visitor that sets foot on our shores with happy memories and a hassle-free stay. 

That said, we are still regularly asked, “Is Koh Tao Safe.” Here’s everything you need to know.

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Is Koh Tao Safe to Travel to and from?

Getting to and from Koh Tao from a variety of domestic and international departure points is easy. All airline, train, and bus companies have English-speaking staff, and transport options are comfortable and air-conditioned. You’ll need to take a boat to reach Koh Tao however you travel, with tickets available either directly or through a travel agent. These are our top tips to keep you and your valuables safe during transit.

Koh Tao Safety Tips for Travelers

      • Keep your money, electrical, and any other valuables in your day bag.
      • Keep your day bag with you at all times. Never leave it unattended. 
      • Make sure any stowed luggage is secured with a padlock or combination lock.

Is Koh Tao Safe at Night?

There is a vibrant nightlife scene on Koh Tao, which makes it a great place to party with friends – and make new ones! Most of the bigger bars and clubs are in Sairee, which is easy to navigate, and the walking street that runs parallel to the beach means you don’t need to walk on the main road. You can increase your safety on Koh Tao at night by following these helpful suggestions.

Koh Tao Safety Tips at Night

      • Grab a business card from reception so you can easily get directions from a local if you lose your way home. 
      • Grab a free foldable map from any of the tourist information points and carry it with you. 
      • Don’t drink drive on rental scooters.
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Is Koh Tao Safe for SCUBA Diving?

Koh Tao is blessed with an all-year-round scuba diving season. The conditions are some of the easiest in all of South East Asia, as we have minimal currents and consistent water temperature and visibility. The standards are high on both diver training courses and fun dive trips, with regional officers for PADI, SSI, and RAID positioned on-island. Our dive industry is also supported by world-class emergency response and rescue teams, and the nearest recompression chamber is less than 2 hours away – much closer than most other popular diving destinations. But, there are still a few things you should bear in mind.

Koh Tao Safety Tips for Divers

      • Be sure to drink plenty of water. The majority of call-outs for diver sickness are down to dehydration. 
      • Don’t dive if you’re feeling sick, congested, or hungover.
      • Remember to leave 24 hours between your last dive and any onward air travel.

Is Koh Tao Safe for Families?

Family travel to Koh Tao has become popular in recent years due to the increase in family-friendly resorts and villa accommodation. Most of our island activities are child-friendly, many restaurants and cafes offer kids menus, and there are a few different options for childcare too.

Koh Tao Safety Tips for Families

      • Choose a quiet resort away from all the bars and live music venues.
      • Use a taxi or longtail boat to get to remote beaches and viewpoints rather than taking children on a rental scooter.  
      • Book in advance for daycare facilities, and only sign up for activities with properly qualified instructors.

Is Koh Tao Safe for Backpackers and Solo Travelers?

Koh Tao is a popular destination for backpackers and attracts many solo visitors. The warm and welcoming vibe of the island means it’s easy to meet people and make friends in beach bars, on dive courses, and at your accommodation. Here are some recommended steps you make sure you stay safe on Koh Tao.

Koh Tao Safety Tips for Backpackers and Solo Travelers

      • If you are exploring solo, make sure you let someone know where you’re headed and when you expect to get back. 
      • Don’t accept drinks or rides home from strangers.
      • Don’t buy, sell, or take drugs during your stay.

As you can see, most of our advice involves just a little common sense and the same thought processes you’d use at home or in any other holiday destination. 


We wish you all a very safe and happy vacation on Koh Tao!

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