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Koh Tao or Koh Samui

If you’re deciding between Koh Tao or Koh Samui, it might be a difficult decision, but it’s essential to know the differences.

While each of these islands can mean paradise to different people, they each also have their charm and unique appeal.

Koh Tao or Koh Samui, Which is The Better Option For a Holiday?

Koh Tao is the much smaller island between the two; it is famous worldwide for some of the best snorkelling and diving in Asia. In fact, thousands of travellers from all corners of the globe come specifically for diving, while others come for relaxation.

It’s less busy than Koh Samui, which makes it ideal for those who prefer some seclusion. Because of this, it’s popular for couples and solo travellers, but you’ll meet great people wherever you go. It’s also rich in many natural attractions and viewpoints and is much quieter.

On the other hand, Koh Samui is a larger island and tends to get very busy. For many, the beaches here are more beautiful compared to the rocky coast of Koh Tao.

The crowd is different as it isn’t known for diving, which is probably the biggest difference among the two. The island has better, safer roads for exploring via motorbike with lots of things to see and do such as the Big Buddha, majestic waterfalls, and stunning temples to see.

Koh Samui is well-developed, and this translates to much more facilities, tourist attractions, shopping, and fresh markets found throughout the island; while these are less on Koh Tao. Additionally, many families prefer to come to Koh Samui due to the abundance of family-friendly attractions; such as zoos, where you can get up close with animals, and water parks for a whole day of fun splashing around in the sun!

Both islands offer an extensive range of budget to luxury accommodation options, terrific shopping, a great choice of restaurants and bars, snorkelling, diving, and water sports. Both also have its fair share of viewpoints and fun hiking trails for when you want to do something other than relaxing in or out of the water.

About the author

Michael Jones

Michael created and runs the Koh Samui Travel Hub website, as well as the Holiday Point travel brand that incorporates a network of 16 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia, Asia, and around the world.

With 25+ years of online experience and a passion for travel (having visited Koh Samui many times), Michael not only researches and writes content for the website, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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