There may only be a few actual art galleries on Koh Tao, but there are many places where you can enjoy displays of fine arts and crafts, a lot of which is inspired by this beautiful island.
Koh Tao Arts
Various art forms are presented, such as painting, sculpture, contemporary, photography and crafts. Whether you just want to have a look or wish to purchase something unique, visit the galleries in Mae Haad Bay. In Sairee Beach you can often see creative sand sculptures on the beach and a photo gallery in town. Don’t forget to check out the handmade souvenirs crafted from coconut shells in Sai Daeng Beach.
For body art, there are a lot of outstanding tattoo artists on Koh Tao, such as Thai Art Tattoo and Tattoo by Koko Artwork, providing high-quality work at very reasonable prices, all with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Most tattoo and body piercing shops are on the three main beaches and offer machined and bamboo tattooing.
Handmade jewellery is one of the handicrafts easily found in various shops and roadside vendors. Some people make items on-site, so you can watch them create their pieces. There are a lot of choices, from inexpensive thread braids and stones to unique jewellery made with antique beads and silver.
Thai painting by Koko Artwork
Want something to do in the afternoon or evening? You might want to try a game of 18-hole mini golf, pool hall, or how about petanque? Watch some Muay Thai. The stadium holds three fights a month. Western boxers also participate. The promoting pick-up car with big speakers and banner drives around the island announcing the dates and times.