Travel Budget for Koh Tao

Changwat Surat Thani, Thailand

How much does it cost to travel to Koh Tao?

How much money will you need for your trip to Koh Tao? You should plan to spend around ฿1,078 ($35) per day on your vacation in Koh Tao, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿272 ($8.74) on meals for one day and ฿254 ($8.18) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Koh Tao for a couple is ฿828 ($27). So, a trip to Koh Tao for two people for one week costs on average ฿15,085 ($485). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    ฿1,078
  • One Week Per person
    ฿7,543
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    ฿15,085
  • One Month Per person
    ฿32,325
  • One Week For a couple
    ฿15,085
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    ฿30,170
  • One Month For a couple
    ฿64,651
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A vacation to Koh Tao for one week usually costs around ฿7,543 for one person. So, a trip to Koh Tao for two people costs around ฿15,085 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ฿30,170 in Koh Tao. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Koh Tao can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Koh Tao? How much money do I need for Koh Tao?

How much does a trip to Koh Tao cost? Is Koh Tao expensive? The average Koh Tao trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Koh Tao prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Koh Tao is ฿414. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Koh Tao is ฿828.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    ฿414
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    ฿828

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What did other people spend on Accommodation?

Typical prices for Accommodation in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Massage & Facial
    ฿741
  • Hostel
    ฿171

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Food Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Koh Tao can vary, the average cost of food in Koh Tao is ฿272 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Koh Tao should cost around ฿109 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Koh Tao is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    ฿272

What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Sit Down Lunch (for One)
    ฿200
  • Breakfast
    ฿150
  • Casual Breakfast (for Two)
    ฿120
  • Fancy Dinner (for Two)
    ฿490
  • Pancake
    ฿70
  • American Breakfast (for Two)
    ฿280
  • Dinner at Bam Bam (for Two)
    ฿270


Transportation Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Tao is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ฿254 per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Tao.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    ฿254

What did other people spend on Transportation?

Typical prices for Transportation in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Motorbike Rental
    ฿190
  • Chumpon to Koh Tao Ferry
    ฿650

Flights to Koh Tao

How much does it cost to go to Koh Tao? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.




Entertainment Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Koh Tao typically cost an average of ฿775 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    ฿775

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Kayak Rental (One Hour)
    ฿250
  • Snorkel Rental
    ฿100
  • Kayak and Snorkel (2)
    ฿100


Tips and Handouts Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Koh Tao is ฿5.00 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Koh Tao is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    ฿5.00


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Koh Tao is ฿100.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    ฿100


Alcohol Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about ฿209 on alcoholic beverages in Koh Tao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    ฿209

What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Beer
    ฿65
  • Bottle of Wine
    ฿370


Water Budget in Koh Tao
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend ฿54 on bottled water in Koh Tao per day. The public water in Koh Tao is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    ฿54

What did other people spend on Water?

Typical prices for Water in Koh Tao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Koh Tao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Mango Shake
    ฿40


Last Updated: Feb 24, 2020


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Koh Tao On a Budget
Koh Tao The beach at Koh Tao
With a name that literally means, "Turtle Island," Koh Tao, Thailand is the type of vacation spot divers dream of. There is the faintest current and a buffet of dive sites and shops.

This tiny island hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, but take not that there are no garbage disposal facilities. Everything that can't be burnt needs to be taken from the island. Avoid plastic bags, and don't dump your trash in the open landscape (then again, why would you?) because there are no departments for road clean up. Water and electricity on the island are scarce, so use them wisely.

Keep in mind that monsoon season from November to January so you may be faced with constant rain for days at a time in those months.
Sights
The entire island of Koh Tao is a sight to see. Take a bike and just tour the island for a day. Ko Nang Yuan, Freedom Beach, Mango Bay and Tanote Bay are just a few areas that provide amazing scenery. Really, though, for the best experiences, get off the bike and take a walk. Roads can't reach most of the spectacular views. Follow a path to John Suwan Mountain Viewpoint in the south, or Fraggle Rock in the north.

If all you want is to see some sandy shoreline, there are plenty of beaches to lounge on. The largest beach on the island is Sairee Beach. Located on the west side of the island, Sairee Beach is full of dive schools, resorts, restaurants and bars. The southern and central sections of this island are the place to be for the Koh Tao nightlife.

The main spot of Koh Tao is where the ferry will arrive. This is the Mae Head beach. There are plenty of shops, but keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive areas on the island.

Chalok Bay is where to go if you're looking to lay down a towel and chill. There are several resorts and restaurants but way less than Sairee Beach. If this still isn't isolated enough for you, there's Tanote Bay. There are no towns or villages on this beach, and only four resorts. Keep in mind, though, there aren't any ATMs here and you want to watch your step. The sane is coarse and there is broken glass in most places from people drinking while sitting on the rocks. It's still a beautiful place for relaxation and reflection.
Neighborhoods
The west coast of the island gently wraps around a large bay. The southern end of this bay is the ferry pier, where most travelers arrive. Heading north up the bay is a beautiful beach with many small hotels and resorts. The narrow roads providing access to these places are full of shops and restaurants for travelers.

The eastern side of the island is home to some smaller bays with a variety of additional accommodations.

Activities
The biggest draw to Koh Tao is the scuba diving. It's relatively inexpensive, easy, fun, and there are plenty of friendly critters waiting under those waters. You'll get to see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, reef sharks and countless smaller fish. Don't let the word "shark" scare you off. These sites are safe as the sharks are quite small. In recent years the large influx of tourists seeking the inexpensive scuba certification schools has led to a degradation of the coral reefs around the island, but the diving is still better than in most places in the world.

Koh Tao welcomes more than just divers, though. This beautiful island can provide a dream vacation for anyone who loves a good time on the water. Take your boat and explores the coves and bays of untouched mountain ridges. Scale those gorgeous mountains, and then do a daring cliff dive. Go wake boarding, work on your mini golf game or take a relaxing moment to get a massage.
Food and Dining
Koh Tao is full of all the specialties of Thai dining you could ask for. Seafood – especially barbecued fish- are on the menu almost anywhere you go. While many people living here are from all over the world, there are also other cuisines offered around the island.

If you're really interested in Thai food, ask your hotel about cooking lessons. They are frequently available in many of the resorts around Koh Tao.

Transportation
There is no car rental in Koh Tao, but you can rent a motorbike, ATV, or four-wheel drive. Bear in mind, the roads in Koh Tao are easily in the running for some of the most dangerous in the country. There are concrete roads that are worn into dirt roads - that lead to forty-five degree inclines. There are accidents on an almost-daily basis. Stick to the motorbikes and ATVs. If you absolutely must go by car, it's probably best to let the locals handle the roads and take you where you're going. Remember, taxis can be really expensive. It might be more cost-effective to rent that motorbike.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Scuba Diving

By backpackguru in Entertainment
Koh Tao is the cheapest place in Thailand to go scuba diving. Certification courses are particularly cheap and many people choose to come here to first learn to dive. While it's the cheapest, it's not the best. Much of the diving in Koh Tao has been worn down. The coral is lacking and the fish are hard to find. Head to Koh Phi Phi if you're looking for a better, although more expensive diving experience.



If you do dive in Koh Tao, you will likely get your accommodations for cheap or even free through your dive shop, so plan ahead.

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