have any of you guys been to Ko Tao (thailand)? i really need some general info, we're headed there next week but i'm worried we'll find getting (cheap-like 200 baht maximum) accomodation tricky as we don't dive (just snorkel) and we carry our own equipment so we don't need to rent. Also are there cash machines there? (i have a visa electron card) and is it easy to get to other islands like Ko Pahn Yan from Ko Tao? any help would be much appreciated or suggestions of other islands to visit in the area...
Koh Tao is a fab chill out place!
You have to find the SIMPLE LIFE it's on the other side of the Island from where the ferry lands but it's such a cool place just ask any taxi. The bar is the best bit about it, massive comfy chairs, pool, darts THE BEST TUNA SANDWICHES!! and the best Pad Thai I have ever had EVER! and it's just up the road from all the clubs.
the area is all quite westernised but all of the Islands are unfortunately!
Hope that helps, let me know if you get there and if it's still as cool as I remember it!
North of the beach in a hilly area called Ao Ta Then are Sliver Cliff/Sun Sea huts appox 200Baht per night.
Numerous ATMs in Hat Sai Ri.
Its easy enough to get to other islands.
Cheap copies of Lonely Planet SE Asia with all the info anyone requires can be got in Khao San Rd.
Still enjoying your trip I see,have a great time.
al de bes