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Ao Mae Haad

Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

The headland just north of Mae Haad hosts a string of budget spots within walking distance of the pier and Sairee. South of the pier you'll find a surprisingly pleasant area with some good snorkelling offshore and a mix of accommodation.

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North of Mae Haad

Mae Haad is the port so there will always be boat traffic but there's a small pleasant area to the north. The path continues past Cafe Del Sol and winds up the headland towards Sairee. Perched on the rocky headland are a number of budget resorts and they offer easy walking access to both Sairee and Mae Haad. While there is no beach most resorts have access to the rocky shoreline where you can swim or snorkel or just laze on the rocks with a good book.

  • View Cliff

    View Cliff

    Spectacular views

    Laem Jo Po Ro, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 353; F: (077) 456 354

    Located on the rocky cliff above Laem Jo Po Ro between Mae Haad and Haad Sairee, View Cliff does not just have a clever name. The more expensive rooms here are those overlooking the sea -- built in ... Read the full review of View Cliff.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Mr J.'s

    Mr J.'s

    Comfortable and quirky

    Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 066;

    Mr J. is quite a character, offering his guests free homemade condoms -- guaranteed for 20 years, by the way. In addition to contraception, he offers Western Union transfers, safety boxes (10B/day) ... Read the full review of Mr J.'s.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Baan Tao

    Baan Tao

    Good value but tightly-packed

    Ao Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 201-2;

    Located opposite Wat Ko Tao and the local primary school, Baan Tao Bungalow is a short walk from the centres of Mae Haad and Sairee but provides a more peaceful alternative. Though it has no ... Read the full review of Baan Tao.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • DD Hut Bungalow

    DD Hut Bungalow

    Go for the deluxe rooms

    Ao Taa Ros, Laem Jo Po Ro, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 077;

    The friendly folks at DD Hut offer a variety of accommodation for different budgets. The cheapest fan rooms are very basic and quite shabby but it's probably the only place on Ko Tao with a seafront ... Read the full review of DD Hut Bungalow.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

South of the pier

Although close to Ko Tao's main pier, the southern stretch of Mae Haad is quite pleasant and is home to one of Ko Tao's best resorts. There are also a few newer guesthouse options back from the beach along the two main roads that run out of town. The southern extreme is tranquil, and the sea here provides some decent shallow-water snorkelling with soft and hard corals, plenty of fish life and even a shallow shipwreck to explore.

  • Sensi Paradise Beach Resort

    Sensi Paradise Beach Resort

    A sprawling slice of paradise

    27 Moo 2, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 244; F: (077) 456 245

    Sensi Paradise, located where Mae Haad beach meets the rocks at its southern end, offers a little slice of paradise for those travelling on a higher budget. Though it has a small selection of less ... Read the full review of Sensi Paradise Beach Resort.

    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 4 votes Midrange
  • Save Bungalow

    Save Bungalow

    Spacious huts, good value

    Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 180; F: (077) 456 347

    Save Bungalows, located across the street from the beach just south of the Mae Haad piers, offers spacious bungalows at reasonable prices available with fan or air-con. While it is conveniently close ... Read the full review of Save Bungalow.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Blue Diamond Dive Resort

    Blue Diamond Dive Resort

    A very friendly spot

    Ao Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 255; F: (077) 456 576

    Blue Diamond Dive Resort, while specialising in PADI certification and recreational scuba diving, caters not only to divers but also to both backpackers and high-end travellers. All rooms here are ... Read the full review of Blue Diamond Dive Resort.

    2.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Sea Lodge

    Sea Lodge

    Super spacious but noisy

    Mae Haad, Ko Tao
    T: (077) 456 111;

    Located at the pier in central Mae Haad, Sea Lodge caters mostly to longer-term guests. Here you will find large apartment-style rooms with plenty of open space and most modern conveniences. Air-con, ... Read the full review of Sea Lodge.

    2.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange

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