Any ‘sun-worshiping-and-beach-loving’ couple is going to fall truly, madly, and deeply in love with the perfect sunsets, blue waters, full-moon parties, and serenity of Koh Tao Island. This pristine island’s beauty is matched by the never ending sandy stretches and incredible underwater life.
Situated on the east of Surat Thani, Koh Tao Island is also known as ‘Turtle Island’ and covers an area of about 21 km square which makes it the smallest island in Thailand. It lets couples discover the true essence of romance and nature with its stunning views and exciting activities.
Officially a subdistrict of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao is a chilled-out place for nature loving couples who are looking for a relaxed romantic vacation on a stunning island. The rich and diverse marine life of Koh Tao has always been one of the major factors for drawing beach lovers from far and wide. It has now started attracting newlywed couples from India, Sri Lanka, Singapore Australia, and Malaysia.
Best time to visit Koh Tao Island for honeymoon: December to February is the best time to visit Koh Tao. The skies are clear and the sea is calmer than ever. There’s occasional rainfall on the island that make the weather comfortable and romantic.
Ideal duration: Koh Tao is the smallest island in Thailand. 4 nights are enough to cover the entire island’s beaches, attractions, and try water activities.
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How to reach Koh Tao Island
Via Koh Samui – Flight + Ferry ride
Koh Samui Island is well-connected through Bangkok Airways that fly everyday to the island. So first you’ll have to take a flight to Koh Samui and then a 2-hour long ferry ride to Koh Tao Island.
Via Bangkok – Bus ride + Ferry ride
You can also take a bus and then a ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao Island. Lomprayah has an AC coach service leaving from Bangkok Khao San Road to Chumphon Pier, which takes about 8 hours. From Chumphon Pier, a high-speed catamaran takes about 2 hours to reach Koh Tao Mae Haad Pier.
Romantic things to do in Koh Tao Island
1. Go sunset swimming at Sairee Beach
As you can see in the picture above, sunsets at Sairee Beach are just awesome. The water temperature feels comfortable at that time, which means it’s the right time for the last swim of the day with your love. Most of the beaches of the island of Koh Tao is known for the romantic sunset views that’ll melt your heart.
2. Go island hopping
Thailand is filled with more than 300 gorgeous islands, which means island hopping is a must-do here. Obviously, you can’t cover all the islands but Koh Tao has some jaw dropping beautiful neighbouring islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. You can explore them on a catamaran cruise or a high-speed boat.
3. Explore the island on a bike with your partner
If you’ve come to Koh Tao Island for your honeymoon, don’t just stick to the main beaches and water activities. The little island has so much more to offer. You can rent a dirt-cheap bike and explore the secluded and secret places of the island with your partner. You’ll love riding through the winding roads of Koh Tao while feeling the cool salty breeze on your face.
4. Watch sunset at Mango Bay Viewpoint
Watching a setting sun at Mango Bay Viewpoint is pure bliss. You may not get the gorgeous turquoise water or white sand beaches, but the visual treat is incomparable. The view point is actually a cliff’s edge which you have to hike, you can do that much for some unforgettable romantic moments and gorgeous views, can’t you!
5. Have a romantic dinner in Thaita Italian Restaurant
Thaita Italian Restaurant is amongst the most romantic restaurants in Koh Tao. It’s not just the warm hospitality and delightful food you’ll love, it’s also the combination of a candle-lit dinner, soft music, and the beautiful views that’ll make your evening.
If you have never tried authentic Italian cuisine, it’s the perfect place. There are plenty of other romantic restaurants on the island, including Blue Heaven, The Gallery Restaurant, and Eagle View you can try.
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Romantic places to visit in Koh Tao island
1. Sai Nuan Beach
Sai Nuan Beach is actually made of two beaches, Sai Nuan 1 and Sai Nuan 2. It’s probably one of the best beaches in Thailand for couples who love spending time with each other in peace in a laid-back manner. It’ll remind you of the early days (80’s and 90’s ) of tourism on this little island. You can simply relax in a hammock enjoying the soothing music of the waves.
2. Laem Thian
A rocky outcrop with a little beach, turquoise water, some trees, that’s how Laem Thian looks like. It’s a popular spot for snorkelling and seeing fishes such as Masked Unicornfish that aren’t generally seen around the island. If you’re planning to spend a day here, you must carry your own food and water as there are no shops there.
3. Tanote Bay
Planning to spend a day lazily sunbathing on a quiet beach? If so, you’ll love Tanote Bay. It offers enough privacy and mesmerising views of sunrise. It’s also an excellent place for snorkelling as it has a rich coral reef life and big fishes. If both of your are in a mood of a little adventure and fun, you can hike to Tanote Peak for incredible views.
4. Koh Nangyuan Island
Just 15 minutes from Koh Tao, Koh Nangyuan Island is nature’s secret that is waiting to be discovered. This little island has some of the most spectacular beaches of Thailand where you can relax and enjoy quiet sunsets without too many people around. The tranquility of this place makes it amongst the most romantic places to visit in Thailand for honeymoon.
5. John Suwan Viewpoint
Koh Tao Island has many viewpoints that offer some terrific views and peace, but there’s nothing like John Suwan Viewpoint. It offers wonderful views of Chalok Ban Kao as well as Thian Og Bay. If it’s a clear sunny day, you can see nearby islands from the viewpoint. This is the most popular viewpoint on the entire island.
Romantic resorts in Koh Tao Island
1. Koh Tao Royal Resort
Joss from Galway says “Loved staying here at the start of our honeymoon. It’s located very close to the pier where the boat drops you off. Its beach front bar and restaurant have an amazing view of the bay.”
Average tariff: INR 3,000
2. The Tarna Align Resort
Mary says “This hotel was everything you could ask for on your honeymoon. The modern decor was out of this world and the rooms were spotless with exceptional facilities and lots of really special little touches.”
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3. Jamahkiri Resort & Spa
Nina from Hong Kong says “Very happy that we chose Jamahkiri for our stay over Christmas on Koh Tao. The staff was incredibly friendly and the hotel looks beautiful! Many small bungalows on a hill, nice restaurant and a pool.”
4. Charm Churee Villa
Lydia says “Amazing place to stay. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer! This hotel is nothing like your average hotel as the rooms are wooden and jungle themed. You get access to private a beach.”
5. Monkey Flower Villas
Kyrajk from Vancouver says “Wow! Worth every penny. My only regret was not staying longer! The rooms are way nicer than the photos. The view is insane. The driver Steve is A resort in the middleone hell of of guy, so helpful and friendly!”
Once a hub of scuba divers and adventure lovers, Koh Tao Island is now completely ready to welcome honeymooners. From the stunning views to the romantic restaurants, it has everything a romantic duo could ever ask for. If it sounds like a place you want to explore with your sweetheart, you can pick a suitable honeymoon package from some of the best Thailand honeymoon packages and begin packing your bags.
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