Taxis on Koh Tao to be fair aren't cheap
One of the reasons for this is they do not have meters and all prices for journeys are now fixed and for sure must be amongst the most expensive ib the world per km.
What this means when you arrive at Koh Tao is that unless you have also booked in to go diving with Davy Jones Locker and have pre arranged your free pick up from the pier (you can call the dive shop office on 077 456 604 if you're reading this on the ferry on your way here) then you will either need to take the 20 minute walk along the beach road from the pier to the Guesthouse or take a taxi from the pier. The price to get a taxi from the pier to Sairee is 440 baht, but that price is for the taxi regardless if there is 1 or 8 people on it, so if you are heading here and planning on getting a taxi it's worth asking other travellers if they are also heading to Sairee and sharing the taxi, as otherwise all of the taxi drivers will be happy to take 1 or 2 customers each for the same price.
What's Koh Tao like, is it just for divers?
Koh Tao used to be a place that people only ever visited if they wanted to come diving, also to get here it only used to be accessable by coming by boat from Surat Thani, Samui or Phangan, so it was a bit of a trek to get here. Now however with ferries also between Koh Tao and Chumphon, Tao is now either the first of the 3 islands here that people arrive at when travelling down from Bangkok or the last island they get the chance to see after visiting Samui or Phangan on their way back up to Bangkok.
Yes there is scuba diving going on every day, but there are also plenty of parties and other events happening and here are some of them.
Is breakfast included in the price?
Sorry no, but breakfast isn't far away, you can get breakfast either in the DJL Restaurant where you get a discount on food when you show your room key when ordering and is almost opposite the hostel or head down to the New Heaven bakery a further 30m away.
Is there a free taxi from the pier?
No sorry, unless you are going to be diving the the DJL dive school as then we can arrange for you to be collected by their taxi for free, if not then a taxi from the pier should only cost you 50-100 Baht,if you are planning on diving with DJL then let either ourselves or the dive school know your ferry arrival details in advance to arrange your pick up.
Can I bring 'guests' back to the room?
No, non guests of the hostel aren't permitted into the rooms.
Are bedding & towels included?
You'll be given your bedding when you check in and then it will be changed on a request basis. A towel and a blanket are included in the room cost and you can change your towel on request also, and blanket if you are staying for a while.
What happens if I lose my key?
There is someone onsite 24hrs a day and so you will be able to get in, however the loss of your key will mean you will lose your key deposit of 1,000 Baht.
Will you hold my booking?
We'll hold pre booked beds up until 8pm to allow for people arriving on the late Lomprayah ferry coming from Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, then all unpaid for beds will be made available for rental. You will be charged for the balance of your first nights stay if you either fail to turn up for your booking or do not give 24hrs notice before cancelling your booking. If you are going to be arriving late or want us to hold your booking as you are arriving from the night boat and want to be able to check in as soon as you arrive then let us know if possible and then the reception staff can be informed to expect you to arrive.
Do you take credit card payments?
Not at the moment, possibly in the future.
Is there a locked door/curfew policy?
No you don't have to be back by any time, all we do ask is that noise be kept to a minimum after 11pm as many people who are diving early in the morning need to get to sleep early, also as a courtesy to our neighbours.