After working remotely for two solid months in Koh Phangan, I wanted a new adventure – something that involved colorful fish and a mask strapped to my face. That’s when I decided to take a short trip to Mae Haad In Koh Tao.
Was it worth it?
Well, let me tell you this: My experience was terrible.
The bad included a lot of local shops calling you to buy things, a lot of noise resulting from motorbikes, and high prices compared to other places in Thailand.
Can you work at Koh Tao remotely?
Regarding a place to work, it was hard to find a co-working or cafe with comfortable seating and a quiet environment.
(The things that happen only in Asia…)
Digital nomad community
There are Facebook and WhatsApp groups for digital nomads in Koh Tao, but they don’t have the same community feel as the one I found in other places.
I think it’s mainly that the community here is small because most are here for a short time, and the majority are tourists.
But You can still find some weekly events and activities.
The prices of accommodation in Koh Tao are higher than in other parts of Thailand. You can stay in a hotel, hostel, guesthouse, or Airbnb, but it can be difficult to find one that fits your budget.
I started my stay in a bungalow, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. The bungalow was very hot, and insects were constantly coming in and out. I didn’t feel comfortable at all.
I decided to switch to an apartment in Infinity Guesthouse, which was much better. The apartment was clean and comfortable to work from and with a great WI-FI. The guesthouse also has a restaurant that I used to go to for work and personal meals.
If you’re looking for a hotel to work remotely from in Koh Tao, I recommend Koh Tao Regal Resort – SHA Plus. My friend stayed at this hotel and said that it was convenient to work from the apartment and the hotel restaurant.
The apartments have private balconies and free Wi-Fi, so you can easily set up your workspace. The hotel restaurant also has a quiet area where you can work, and the staff are happy to bring you food and drinks.
The hotel is located in a central location, so you’re close to all the amenities you need, such as restaurants, shops, and cafes. There’s also a beach nearby, so you can take a break from work and go for a swim or a walk.
The good side of Koh Tao
Despite the bad things, there were some good things about Koh Tao.
Here are some activities to do:
- Snorkeling – you can go to the beach and enjoy snorkeling in crystal-clear water.
- Scuba diving – there are several dive sites with various fish and coral reefs to explore.
- Viewpoints – there are some stunning viewpoints to enjoy the island’s beauty.
- Nightlife – the nightlife in Koh Tao is quite vibrant, and there are many bars, restaurants, and clubs to explore.
For more things to do in Koh Tao: 21 Best Things To Do in Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao: The Death Island
In my research on Koh Tao, I discovered that the island is called “The Death Island.”
I do not want to scare you, but I felt right to share that info. I personally have not experienced any dangerous situations while being there.
For more information, check out this video:
So, Is Koh Tao good for digital nomads?
I recommend coming for a short period – a few days or weeks. The island is beautiful but may not be the best place for digital nomads looking for a longer stay.
Are there any co-working spaces on the island?
- Blacktip Cafe & Workspace
- The Hub
- The Lighthouse
Is it easy to find accommodation in Koh Tao?
Yes, there are plenty of places to stay on the island. However, prices can be a bit higher than other places in Thailand.
Is Koh Tao a safe place for digital nomads?
Koh Tao is generally considered safe for digital nomads. However, as with any travel destination, it’s important to exercise caution, be mindful of your belongings, and stay informed about any local regulations or safety guidelines.
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