There is Koh Tao Government Hospital and numerous choices of private clinics on Koh Tao.For serious emergencies, surgery or need of specialists, patients are transferred from Koh Tao Hospital or clinics to Koh Samui or the mainland to Chumphon or Surat Thani to the hospitals there. In the event of a diving-related emergency Ocean Medical Clinic, partnered with Bangkok Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center, can be reached 24 hrs/7 days/week. The clinic can organize medical transfers, provide initial care, and facilitate evacuation to Koh Samui Hospital if needed.
Koh Tao Government Hospital offers medical treatment by professional doctors and nurses, including treatment of prevalent and chronic diseases and epidemics, a dental service, a prenatal clinic, labour and delivery services, family planning and scuba diving check-ups. There is an emergency medical service (EMS) 24 hours a day. Overnight admissions and evacuation off Koh Tao can be arranged. There is also a laboratory, X-ray room, antenatal and delivery rooms, a traditional Thai medicine room and nurse practice.
Office Hours: 08:00 – 16:00 on Mon – Sun
24 hours emergency medical service
Tel: 077 456 490
Clinics can be found in any of the three main areas of Koh Tao for treatment of general ailments, wound and suture dressing, minor surgery, vaccinations and diving check–ups. Some offer laboratory and blood work like malaria and dengue checks. Overnight admissions and evacuation off Koh Tao can also be arranged if necessary. Ocean Medical Clinic specializes in treating various diving-related diseases, including Decompression Sickness and ear problems. They provide prompt care for the situation using Multiplace Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber System.
This is a branch of a nonprofit foundation in Surat Thani providing a 24-hour comprehensive land and sea rescue service for accidents and natural disasters. The office is located in Chalok Baan Kao, behind the main building of the Subdistrict Municipality office.
Tel: 087 979 0191 or 1333
Koh Tao Police Station is located on the new road to Aow Leuk, providing a service for locals and tourists.
Tel: 077 456 631
The Koh Tao Tourist Police is a government organisation responsible for providing tourists with personal safety, security and other services while staying on Koh Tao. The office in Ko Tao Center is open 24 hours. Volunteers are welcome.
It is a unit of local government and is responsible for the administration and development of local economic, social and cultural aspects of this subdistrict. Elected by the local population, the group manages the public utilities to benefit local people, presiding over and helping to deal with and solve problems. The office is located in Chalok Baan Kao.
08:30 – 16:30 Mon – Fri
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Tel: 077 601 981–2
Koh Tao Post Office is at the top of the road down to Mae Haad. As well as domestic and international parcel and mail services, the office provides financial services such as online money orders, international transfers by Western Union, and public utility bill payments.
09:00 – 17:00 on Mon – Fri
09:00 – 12:00 on Sat
Tel: 077 456 869
Open 09:00 – 17:00 Daily
Money Exchange: 09:00 – 19:00 Daily
Tel: 077 456 536, 077 456 571
Open 09:00 – 16:30 Weekday
Money Exchange: 09:00 – 18:00 Daily
Tel: 077 457 136–40
|There are 24-hour ATM services at every 7-Eleven, and others in the 3 main towns. Places to exchange money are also easily found. Almost all resorts, dive schools, big restaurants and supermarkets accept credit cards. A service charge of 3% or 4% will be added.
Almost all resorts/hotels on Koh Tao provide WiFi internet access covering their entire area or designated spots (reception/restaurant). Free WiFi is also available in most restaurants. Most of the town areas are covered with several prepaid 4G services.
Having your own ‘holiday home’ on Koh Tao is understandably popular, and there is now a choice of real estate agencies to assist you in your search for the perfect plot of land or house and help deal with legalities.
A few small shops offer basic cloth repairs and zipper replacement, and one tailor shop in Mae Haad for custom-made suits and dresses. It is even possible to have a tailor-made wetsuit created just for you at a shop in Chalok Baan Kao. Almost every resort has a laundry service. Laundry shops are also commonplace in the towns and charge on a weight basis or by the month.