Moving to Koh Tao, Thailand

So I’d been living in Bangkok since around November, and was heading off to Koh Phangan for Rhythm & Sands semi regularly   PALS Bangkok was over, and I felt like I needed to get out of town for a bit.  I headed down to the divers island of Koh Tao, Thailand.

I caught up with my mate Munk, who I’d met back in New Zealand around 2007, and managed to sublet an apartment for around 200 Baht a day at Tommy Resort from a diver who was leaving the country for a month. 

We met the crew at Bar Next 2, and immediately fell in love with the place, after spending some time tuning the sound system, I ended up DJing most nights of the week there, and decided I’d make the move down.  Koh Tao seems to embody the perfect mixture of laid back relaxation, adventure activities and partying that I can understand why voters on Trip Advisor made it the number one island in Asia (and number 8 in the world!)

Bar Next Door SunsetAs I’d acquired a fair bit of stuff (Bedding, DJ Mixer, Computer Screen etc) I needed to arrange a way to transport it all down – the easiest way was via the same bus/ferry joint ticket service I’d used to get there and back the last time – Lomprayah.  I was carrying around 80+ extra KG of stuff, which I was able to transport down for around 1200-1400 baht, not a bad price, considering it was carried down with me and I simply picked it up at the pier on arrival. 

Kang BungalowsI spent the first week in a room next to Munk and our new friend Kim at the Kang Bungalows on Mae Haad.  We originally planned to look for a 3-4 Bedroom house, where we could all live together and have a studio for producing music, unfortunately – it prooved to be an unrealistic expectation, as the vast majority of housing on the island is of the 1-2 Bedroom variety, with larger places reserved for families or the uber rich on short term stays. 

BedroomSalvation came in the form of Antonio at Bua Management, located on the down road at Mae Haad, Koh Tao. Antonio runs a property management firm specialising in rentals to expats on the island.  A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom place became avaialble thanks to some rather messy American divers leaving the island, and after a massive cleanup it actually turned out to be nice, spacious and private, in Jitsing Village.

Garden View

A great little place at 15,000 baht per month + power/water for 2 bedrooms.  Theres no phone line so internet is visa a very fast Koh Tao Wifi service that works over the whole island and is a flat rate of 1000 baht a month.  Bike is currently costing me 100 baht a day from Banyan bikes.

There are good supermarkets on the main road opposite Tommy Resort and in Mae Had by the Songserm Pier road, where you can purchase most groceries (Thai and Western) for other items, Chumpon and Koh Samui aren’t far away by ferry.

Living in paradise can be cheap.

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  1. I used to live in Jitsing!!! In one of the big three bedroom two bathroom places. Definitely the best place to live on the island. Glad to see Koh Tao Wifi is good now, when I lived there it was terrible! My friends work at Banyan too haha. Such a small little island. Hope you are enjoying it.

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