One long, wide, and well-marked road now connects Sairee, Mae Haad, and Chalok. Side roads of the same quality lead over the island to east coast locations like Hin Wong, Tanote Bay, Aow Leuk, and Sai Daeng. There are still some dirt tracks and rocky roads in more remote areas, but this is becoming increasingly uncommon. So whatever transport you use, the majority of your journeys should be easy and comfortable.
If you are staying in one of the main villages on Koh Tao, then getting around on foot is possible – especially if you’re happy staying local and don’t plan on exploring too far afield. Some estimated walking times for popular routes are:
It’s not always just about getting from A to B, though. There are some fantastic hiking trails to explore on Koh Tao too. So if you get bored of beach life, you can always head into the mountains and dive into nature.
There are two types of taxi on Koh Tao – taxi cabs and longtail taxi boats. Both are better for families and larger groups, as they can be quite expensive. So if you are staying somewhere remote without transfers or transport rental included, you’ll need to factor this into your budget. Prices are subject to seasonal change, but here are a few estimates:
Longtail taxi boats take longer than going by road, but are generally cheaper and a fun way to take in the sights of Koh Tao from an ocean vantage point.
Longtail taxi boats are a fun and exhilarating way to get around Koh Tao.
Hiring a scooter is the most economical and flexible way to explore Koh Tao on your own schedule. Costs vary between 150THB and 250THB per day, and there is no shortage of rental shops scattered around the island. Once you’re on board, you can get to most places quickly and easily.
If you do hire a scooter on Koh Tao, please be sure to drive slowly and carefully. The road rules may be different to your home country, and remember, we drive on the left in Thailand!
While not as common or popular, there are a few other options, including: