Solo Female Travel in Koh Tao

Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island, is a mesmerizing gem located in the Gulf of Thailand. Known for its palm-fringed beaches, pristine waters, and colorful coral reefs, it’s a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts from around the globe. Besides underwater exploration, Koh Tao offers treks through its lush jungle, exhilarating rock climbing routes, yoga retreats, and leisurely boat tours around the island. As night falls, the island transitions into a vibrant nightlife scene featuring beachside bars and seafood restaurants. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Koh Tao promises to deliver an unforgettable journey in the heart of Thailand.

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Is Koh Tao good for solo travel?



Koh Tao, is generally safe for solo female travelers. However, safety can largely depend on personal vigilance. The island is known for its friendly locals and tranquil atmosphere, but still, it is important to exercise caution. Petty crimes like pickpocketing can be an occasional occurrence. Always make sure to secure your belongings, avoid isolated areas at night, and use only licensed taxis or transport services. Overall, with the right precautions, a trip to Koh Tao can be a memorable experience.


Koh Tao offers multiple modes of transportation like taxis, motorbikes, and bicycles for rent and relatively short distances between popular areas. However, some roads are hilly and not well-maintained, which may pose slight difficulties for inexperienced drivers.
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Things to do:Interesting

Koh Tao, offers a rich diversity of activities, particularly for lovers of outdoor adventure and marine life. It is famed for its incredible diving locations, hosting numerous dive centers to help visitors explore underwater beauty. Additionally, the island is perfect for hikers, with several scenic trails peaking with breathtaking views. Don't miss out on exploring the island's beaches, each having its own unique charm. There are also countless restaurants and coffee shops, where you can sample local cuisine and relax after a long day of exploring. It might be a bit less engaging for those who aren't into outdoor activities or underwater exploration.

Food:Above average

Koh Tao offers a wide array of food options ranging from local Thai cuisine to western dishes. Street food is quite famous and is a must-try for tourists. The island holds in its heart a variety of seafood bought fresh every day from the surrounding clear waters. Fresh fruits and delicious Thai desserts are also something you should not miss. Vegetarian options are available, but may not be as diverse. Your taste buds are indeed up for a diverse treat, however, it can sometimes be a hit or miss depending on personal preference. Overall, the food scene is quite delightful.


Koh Tao, is generally quite budget-friendly. The cost of living is relatively low compared to western standards. Accommodation (hostels and guesthouses) can be found for a reasonable price per night. Eating local cuisine is affordable and tasty. Public transportation or motorbike hire is also cost-effective. However, activities such as diving courses or guided tours, can increase your daily budget substantially.

Is Koh Tao worth visiting?

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3.9 /5

based on 3 experiences

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Solo travel experience

Koh Tao was my favourite destination in Thailand. The snorkelling and scuba is amazing, the Escobar party is better than the full moon, you’re never far from the beach. There are two things I didn’t like. 1, there is no Grab and the roads are poor so it’s a bit dangerous to drive. 2, as a queer woman I was harassed by tourists and locals when I was with my girlfriend. They would stare, ask inappropriate questions, follow us, touch us, try to get us to do things we didn’t want to do. That disappointed me a lot so me and her needed to act like “friends” to feel comfortable. Aside from that, Koh Tao is a great time.

Posted: May 26, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I stayed in koh tao with my best friend for 3 weeks in total. Completely fell in love with the beauty of the island but also because i think it has the best balance for me. Very chill vibe, cute coffee and restaurants, amazing beaches and activities for the day, but also great nightlife without pushing everyone to party to much ! Just as you wish.

Posted: April 22, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

One of the best places for scuba diving certifications. Very affordable, all of the academies are professional. I did my open water with Nitro, it was a such beautiful experience. Overall the island is amazing. You can rent a bike and explore by yourself

Posted: April 13, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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