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For those of you visiting Koh Tao for the first time there are a few things to be aware of that will really help you get the most out of your visit, and to make sure the time you spent with us on our little piece of paradise leaves you with nothing but fond memories and hopefully a holiday destination that you'll return to again and again. Here I present to you a few things to consider when here:

  1. This is Thailand

It may seem like Ibiza or Cancun at times to some party-goers, but remember that the Thai people are in general quite reserved, and don’t appreciate people causing too much of a commotion. Try not to get into any arguments or raise your voice if things don’t go your way – it won’t help your case at all, and will often make the person you’re arguing with dig their heels in even more so they don’t lose face.

  1. Drink Responsibly

You’ll no doubt discover that Koh Tao is a great place to dive AND to party, but also be aware of just how strong those alcohol buckets are, and how close to being petrol the ’vodka’ or ‘gin’ is that go into them! The Red Bull used isn’t full of amphetamines as the popular myth goes, but does contain a hell of a lot of taurine and caffeine too, a lot more than we’d get back in our drinks in Europe or the US, for example.

  1. Keep an eye on your Things

Tourists can be seen as an easy target for scumbags (like in most of the countries in SE Asia in my experience) and therefore we should be extra careful with our belongings. A great way to lose your purse or bag is to go swimming naked at night, and use the lockers or safe in your hostel/hotel too – backpackers steal from each other surprisingly often too – my one million pairs of missing flip-flops attest to this, as I’m certain there aren’t many Thais out there with size 47 feet! This of course also mean keeping an eye on your drinks when out partying, don’t accept drinks from strangers and don’t leave them unattended at any time – this goes for everywhere in the world, and both men and women.

  1. Be Extra Careful if You’re Driving

Firstly the roads are Koh Tao are absolutely not suitable for beginners, with large potholes, steep inclines to get to the nicest beaches and a lot of sand and other debris on the roads, making them easy to skid on. There are however a large number of scooter rental places here on Koh Tao, and the majority will happily put you on a bike (regardless of being able to drive or not), take your passport as deposit and send you on your way. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen people pull out from the bike rental to immediately crash, and then comes the extortionate fees: small scratch on the paintwork? 5000 baht! Broken light? 6000 baht! Butterfly wing touched the seat? 1 million baht!

If you can drive then stick to one of the reputable companies if you’re planning to explore the island by bike (Oli’s, RPM, Island Travel, Koh Tao GoRent, KP Travel) and if can’t…then don’t try to learn here for your own safety and the health of your bank balance too!

 

  1. Drug Use

Most Thailand backpackers will be well aware of the drug scene in the country, in particular smoking the Bob Marley cigarettes, as me Mam would call them. They’re also usually aware that things like ‘Reggae Bar’, ‘Rasta Bar’ or any establishment with the word ‘High’ in their name is often an elaborate code name for the ganja, but remember this does not mean that they’re above the law. If you really must have a bit of a smoke then even if the place you bought it from seems to be untouchable by the local law enforcement, the patrons definitely are NOT. If you get caught with something, you’ll be facing a court case, a large fine and of course the chance of prison time, which is no fairy-tale! In addition no matter how nice it seems to have a wee smoke on the beach, it’s really not worth the risk of being busted so use common sense and simply don’t take the chance in public at all.

 

  1. Getting Home at Night

Treat your journeys home in Thailand (especially after dark) just as you would back in the real world – get a taxi, or walk/get a lift with friends.  I’m sure not many of you would jump on some random strangers bike and let them drive you God knows where, and here shouldn’t be any different. Yes, the taxis are expensive here but safety when travelling should always be at the forefront of your mind, especially when alone in an unfamiliar place and certainly when you’ve had a few drinks too. Bite the bullet and get that bloody taxi, or team with up friends for the stroll home.

 

 

All in all, Koh Tao can be a truly wonderful place if you show respect, exercise common sense and don’t do anything you wouldn’t do in your home countries, no matter how laidback this extraordinary island appears – by following these guidelines you’ll be assured that your trip to Koh Tao will leave you with nothing but happy memories that’ll last a lifetime.

 

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