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This little island is truly a hidden gem and the smallest of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand, but this shouldn’t be skipped as the perfect coliving destination for digital nomads. This is paradise – pure and simple. The island itself sits about 1.5 hours north of Koh Samui by ferry and is a scuba-diving mecca with people flocking here year-round to get their certification. But there is so much more to experience than just scuba diving here. If you’re looking to start remote working as a digital nomad but have a love for exploration, then Koh Tao might be the place to choose.
Although there are over 100 dive schools on Koh Tao and diving is definitely something you should consider if you want to call this your new hub, there is still much more that this island has to offer, such as great nightlife and fire shows and jungle adventures. If rock climbing is more your thing, there are schools offering this as well. Once you arrive as a digital nomad, it becomes hard to want to say goodbye to this little rock as friends become family.
Koh Tao is more expensive from the mainland and for a good reason. Everything is based on tourism and the only way to get imports is by ship as there is no airport. The closest airports are on the neighboring island Koh Samui or Chumphon airport on the mainland, both of which are at least 1.5 hours away by boat. The only cars on the island are a few taxis and cars owned by the local dive schools. Everyone else is cruising around on their motorbikes. If you don’t know how to drive, then don’t worry - you can walk to all the bars and restaurants within 15 minutes in any direction. If you're looking for a bit more of an adventure then consider picking up a motorbike for your time here. If you’re looking for the ideal coliving space then look no further, because you might have found the perfect experience right here.
Fun facts about Koh Tao:
- The English to Thai translation of Koh Tao is “Turtle Island”. It was originally named by local fishermen
- From 1933 the island was used as a political prison, and before that, the island was uninhabited apart from the occasional fishermen looking for shelter
- Koh Nang Yuan is the only place in the world where three different islands are connected by one beach