When in Koh Tao, to fix your caffeine urge, head to Coffee House. You will find it on the main high street, just a stone’s throw from the main harbour.
Have 60 THB handy for a small Cafe Latte or 70 THB if you fancy iced brew. Strong and smooth coffee comes through nicely through a thick milky foam. No sugar needed.
It’s slightly pricier than other coffee shops, but coffee is good and the space itself is really cool. Even though located on the busy street, the atmosphere inside is relaxed. I loved observing the outside world buzzing with motorbikes, backpackers and locals while having my espresso. I even convinced Charlie to sit with me by bribing him with a Chai Latte (90 TBH) and a banana muffin (40 THB). It was delicious.
My espresso (90 THB) was also good, but I’ve had better. The presentation was very nice, but it was lacking in flavour. I would opt for a different coffee next time.
Overall, I really enjoyed the feel of the coffee house and the sea breeze coming in through the large glassless windows.
The Coffee House | Mae Haad Pier | Koh Tao | Thailand
Chilling on Koh Tao
We picked Koh Tao as it was supposedly more chilled and unspoilt than its noisy neighbours Ko Samui and Ko Pha Nang.
After our overnight sleeper train from Bangkok and onward ferry to the island we had a few hiccups before settling in. However, later, as we started getting used to the chilled pace of Koh Tao we found our feet and started to really enjoy the island life.
Once we explored our side of the island, we decided to rent a motorbike and hit the alluring beaches beyond our side of the island. We especially loved the Sai Daeng Beach which was a little harder to find when the other beaches, but a pretty quiet spot for a refreshing swim after a dusty scooter ride.
We took a day out for a visit to the picture perfect Koh Nang Yuan Island, 15 minutes away from Koh Tao island. The best way to get there is by one of the longtail boat taxis and it doesn’t come cheap if you are on a budget. The prices vary from 300-400 THB one way.
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