Apart from fresh seafood BBQ’s, Koh Tao also offers a varied choice of international cuisines to choose from, such as homemade Italian spaghetti bolognese, South African biltong, English roast dinners, Mexican fajitas and Japanese sushi to name just a few, and often prepared by chefs of those nations.Don’t forget to try Thailand’s hot and spicy Tom Yum and the famous deep fried ‘no-name’. There is also a large choice of beach bars if you fancy a sunset drink or joining in a party till late at night.
Most restaurants are in the three main areas of Sairee, Mae Haad and Chalok Baan Kao. Seafood BBQ’s are available at a lot of beach front restaurants. Koh Tao offers a great chance to sample different authentic cuisines, so you can travel the culinary world in just a few days. There is quite a choice of bakeries and cafes, with many of them serving homemade breads, cakes and pastries as well as fresh coffee, teas and fruit shakes. Most restaurants in the hotel and bungalow resorts serve both Thai and western food. Thai dishes can be made to accommodate everyone should you prefer it milder tasting, or, fiery hot like the locals! Most of the larger restaurants offer vegetarian options.
Koh Tao offers great nightlife with lots going on after the sun has set, especially on Sairee Beach. Bars and pubs are easy to find in the main town areas and beaches and there are plenty of places to choose from if you want to sit with your feet in the sand with a cool drink and watching the sunset or a fire dancing show. Cocktails, imported wines, cold beers as well as Koh Tao’s favourite Sangsom Bucket (Thai whiskey mixed with either tonic or an energy drink) are all available in most bars and for entertainment, live music, movies, live sports channels and pool tables can also be found in some of the bars, especially the larger ones.
If you want to dance until midnight, there are quite a few venues here on the island. Check out the flyers and street banners for information on when and where. International DJ’s often play here particularly at the big dance parties on New Year’s Eve.