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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!