There are plenty of ATMs scattered all over Chalok Baa Kao Most of the travel agents will also change currency and travellers cheques. There are a variety of travel agents and internet shops in the village to book tours, your onward journey or keep in touch on Facebook.
Getting to and around Chalok Ban Khao is very easy. Converted pickup trucks (songthaews) and motorbike taxis can be found parked in busy areas, or can be stopped at the roadside. They run from early morning until 23:00, but taxi prices are not fixed and fares tend to double after dark.
Travel Agents and Tours in Chalok Baan Kao
Nuna Bakery & Tour
Aside from the delicious bread, pastries and cakes which are made to order, this Chalok Baan Kao travel agency offers express laundry, visa trips, tours, boat tickets and car rentals.
Otherwise, the colourful traditional longtail boats double up as water-taxis and are good way to visit the stunning remote beaches and secluded bays. You can find them moored off Chalok Ban Kao beach and clubbing together with other tourists keeps prices low.
It is up to you to negotiate the price for a short trip or a day tour, but ask around other travellers for recommendations and rates.
A must-visit destination on a day tour is Koh Ngan Yuan, which is comprised of a pair of adjoining sand islands which is magnificent for snorkelling and swimming.
Adventure in Chalok Baan Kao
For the energetic, mountain bikes can be rented from the mini-golf and bowling on the way to Mae Haad and make for a cheap and fun way to explore the area. The rolling hills on the way to Sai Daeng beach are the only place for decent mountain biking. There is a good walk too which can be taken from Chalok Ban Khao to Saan Jao and June Juea bay and beyond to Mae Haad. This is a challenging and adventurous walk taking in some beautiful bays and plenty of drinking holes along the the way.
Healthcare in Chalok Baan Kao
Chalok Clinic is a pharmacy and medical centre with friendly English-speaking nurse.
Diving and Snorkeling
Chalok Baan Kao is one of the largest dive centres on Koh Tao with plenty of schools to choose from. Again the best thing to do is to get some recommendations from other divers and go round talking to the various operators to find one that you feel comfortable with. If your budget doesn’t stretch to boat tours some top tips for good snorkelling off the beaches are Ao Leuk, Leam Thian and Thian Og Bay. All are within an easy taxi ride and snorkelling gear can be rented if you don’t have your own.