Taxis on Koh Tao are pick up trucks with the word ‘Taxi’ and an identity number on them. Taxis charge on a per person basis so they will often rather wait until they have a few more people before they go. If you are on your own or a couple, you will probably have to pay double the cost if you want to go anywhere immediately. Some destinations on Koh Tao require a 4 wheel drive truck to get there.
Taxis can be found easily at the three main bays of Mae Haad; at the pier, Sairee; at the junction and at Chalok Baan Kao; at the 7-Eleven there.
Almost all resorts offer transfers between the pier and resort if you have a reservation.
Taxi boats are ‘longtail’ boats that can easily be found along the beaches, at the pier and at some of the larger resorts. All taxi boats also offer trips around the island.
Motorbike rental rates start at 150 Baht per day (24 hours) for a manual, and 150 – 250 Baht for an automatic. All the rental shops work the same way, the rule being that if the bike is damaged in any way, any parts must be replaced new, not just repaired, by the person who rented it. Therefore, before renting, check carefully the condition of the bike for any scratches and broken parts already there so you don’t get charged. Make sure all parties concerned are aware of anything amiss before you drive off. It is normal practice to be asked to leave your passport or an amount of money as a deposit.
Lately using a bicycle has become more popular due to Koh Tao’s ever developing roads. Some resorts and few small shops have them available. At the moment there is only one bicycle shop and service located in Chalok Baan Kao. A mountain bike with efficient gears and reliable brakes is ideally the best type to use on this island.