After getting on a speed catamaran in Koh Phangan at the Thongsala pier, we arrived in Koh Tao at the Mae Haad pier and departed from there immediately to our hotel – the Koh Tao Hillside resort.
The first impressions were good, but after looking at the resort and inspecting our room we didn’t want to stay there anymore. In the bathroom was a dead spider, which was apparently smashed and just left on the wall. The bathroom wasn’t very pretty and was very dirty. If you wanted go get to the Reception or one of the two restaurants, you had to climb up or down thousands of stairs. That’s generally not bad, but the stairs were really wanky and it felt unsafe. After one night there we decided to leave on the next morning. I’m not going to post any pictures of the room on here, because it’s not very pleasant to look at.
We checked out, got our money back and checked into the Indie Hostel right by Sairee beach. It’s a cool boutique hotel with a nice little café. Our bedroom was small but it was enough for two people. There were some stains on the walls and on towels or sheets, but generally it was a clean place.
On our first night at Sairee beach, we had dinner at the Black garlic restaurant. The mohitos were perfectly prepared and the burgers were amazing as well. I highly recommend this little restaurant.
Then we went to the beach and sat down at the Lotus bar. We had a few cocktails and enjoyed the fire show. There was also a DJ, who played some cool tunes.
On the next morning we had breakfast in the little Indie café. They had a nice selection of breakfast menus, bagels, muesli, freshly baked goods, smoothies, juices and coffee. I ate the baked beans bowls, it had baked beans topped with cheddar cheese, an poached egg and bacon, with a slice of freshly baked bread. I also had a cold vanilla machiato and it was absolutely delicious.
In the evening we went to the famous Koh Tao Pub Crawl. It’s an event where a group of promoters guide you through four different locations in Koh Tao, the Choppers Bar & Grill, the Lotus bar, the Queens cabaret and the Fishbowl. It starts every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday in front of the Choppers at 6PM. I would highly recommend it, if you want to have a little tour through Koh Tao’s night life and also meet other travellers.
On Wednesday we went to Koh Nang Yuan, a little island that is about ten minutes away from Sairee beach, if you go by Taxi boat. If you decide to get a taxi boat it’s always better to go with a bigger group of people, because the price is always the same and the more people you are the less you pay.
In the evening we also went to the Portobello, a nice little Italian restaurant. I would highly recommend the dough balls with pesto and the Prosciutto Bianca. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, but the Pizza is devine.
Another restaurant that I can recommend is the Blue Water, we went there on Thursday and on Saturday. They have a nice selection of food and really good cocktails. If you’re there try the Lychee or the Ginger mojito and a wrap or the fish and chips.
In the end I can say that I would recommend visiting Koh Tao and if you want to go out and meet new people Sairee beach is perfect, but Koh Tao has lots of other more quiet beaches, if you want to have pur relaxation.
Our week on this island has ended and we’re back in Koh Samui now, heading to Bangkok in a few hours and then back to Germany on Wednesday.
Hope this blogpost was helpful!
– Kate x