Ko Tao is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Tao as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Tao's different areas.
A solid mix of accommodation is found on Sairee's relatively quiet northern stretch and the headland, though these areas generally draw more of a midrange crowd. Party-minded backpackers and flashpackers tend to settle into the beach's busy party stretch, or take a room nearby in Sairee village.
North Sairee is the area perched on the rocks at the end of the bay. The resorts here stretch along the hillside and coastline and have some of the best views along the bay, but no direct access to the beach. It's quiet here yet Sairee proper is only a 20-minute walk away. The resorts on this end tend to cater to a more upscale clientele, so budget options are a challenge to find. The few set-ups that once offered basic Thai-style bungalows on the beach have more or less been taken over by long-termers and residents. Sunlord Bungalows sometimes has openings, but call ahead to be sure. Sairee View is the major exception to this rule, offering very rundown bungalows sans sea views and quite far from town, at budget rates.
Thipwimarn is a beautiful upscale resort in an amazing location atop the rocky cliff north of Haad Sairee. The tranquil surroundings are beautifully manicured and rooms are hidden privately amid lush tropical gardens. The sea views and rosy sunsets high above the water are breathtaking and comfortably enjoyed from large balconies or the classy terrace restaurant. Amenities vary from room to room... Read our full review of Thipwimarn Resort.
Sairee View makes you feel like you're at the top of the island, and you pretty much are. Very isolated at the top of a rocky staircase running up a boulder-littered hillside north of Sairee, Sairee View is a peaceful spot for backpackers. The view from the grassy hilltop is phenomenal and never gets old. The all-white restaurant and bar deck serves simple, well-priced food and drinks, and is an... Read our full review of Sairee View.
Dusit Buncha is the northernmost resort in Sairee. Accommodation is in modern, solar-powered wooden cabins built around the area’s natural boulders; be warned that there are many steps to navigate. A range of different cabins are offered, but all offer great views, large balconies and wooden lounge chairs. Some rooms are more worn-in than others, so it may be wise to ask to see a few before... Read our full review of Dusit Buncha Resort.
Overlooking Haad Sairee and the clear waters of the gulf, peaceful Sun Lord provides a range of bungalows ideal for travellers who want to escape the crowds at Sairee but still have its dining options and activities within reach. Accommodation ranges from very simple wooden huts to large concrete bungalows with hot water, but all come with spectacular views as the huts are spaced for privacy... Read our full review of Sun Lord.
North Sairee is the area perched on the rocks at the end of the bay. The resorts here are stretched along the hillside and coastline and have some of the best views along the bay but no direct access to the beach. It’s quiet here yet Sairee is only a 15-minute walk away and there is a place to stay whatever your budget. Here are our top picks. Now that’s an uninterrupted view. Splurge:... Read our full review of Best places to stay in north Sairee.
This, the most popular beach on the island is lined with accommodation ranging from the cheap and basic to luxury resorts. The closer you get to the southern end of the beach, the busier it gets.
The northern part of Sairee beach offers a wide array of accommodation options close enough to the party stretch of Sairee to be accessible, but far enough away to offer a quieter night's sleep. This area is ideal for beach-lovers who prefer a more upscale, quality beach experience to the party-crazed hit-or-miss options further south.
Big Blue offers super budget dorm rooms through to swanky, expensive villas in the jungle. Many of the rooms are specifically reserved for customers diving at the resort and are in high demand, so if you’re planning on staying here it’s a good idea to book ahead. The resort has two locations, one in the quieter northern part of the beach and the other a bit further south. The location in the... Read our full review of Big Blue Diving Resort.
The most elegant accommodation on Haad Sairee, Koh Tao Cabana is located to the far northern end of Sairee where the beach meets large rocks. Rooms here are very well-equipped and comfortable with large beds, air-con, minibar, safes, DVD players and lovely open-air bathrooms. With a tropical village style near the beach and yet surrounded by jungle greenery, these spacious bungalows are private... Read our full review of Koh Tao Cabana.
Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort is a classy setup toward the northern end of Sairee beach. Here you will find large, luxurious accommodation and friendly service. A selection of comfortable and spotlessly clean cabanas provides satellite TV, air-con and hot showers. Rooms are clustered around Coral Grand's lush palm grove grounds. A large pool near the beach provides the perfect place to cool off, or... Read our full review of Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort.
Palm Leaf Resort is a very basic accommodation option right on the beach; don't confuse it with Bow Thong Resort right next door. Their pricing systems, websites and offerings are basically the same, if not actually identical. The main difference between the two set-ups is the quality of the staff – they are especially friendly and accommodating at Palm Leaf Resort.... Read our full review of Palm Leaf Resort.
Bow Thong is a midrange setup located at the north end of Haad Sairee. They offer a wide range of prices based on size and location, but their more expensive rooms are a bit overpriced, probably due to the resort being sandwiched between the two fanciest setups on Sairee. They do offer a few affordable, very simple wooden huts and their cheaper air-con bungalows are good value, particularly given... Read our full review of Bow Thong Resort.
Pranee Bungalow offers friendly beachfront accommodation for the budget conscious. The basic fan bungalows are inexpensive but well kept and clean, while the air-con units are much larger and well-priced. Many feature sliding glass doors leading out to the coconut tree garden where the resort rests and are within seconds of the sandy beach. The beds are soft and the ambiance is fun, but inside... Read our full review of Pranee Bungalow and Guest House.
O-Chai Bungalows sits at the beach's edge amid a palm grove with soft white sand. Their concrete units vary in size but are all very basic, with fans only and no frills. That said, they offer beautiful views and Mama O’Chai is lovely and helpful, while also being a bit of a character. The attached King Crab Restaurant offers a great fish barbecue every night. Choose your fish and dine on tables... Read our full review of O-Chai.
Sairee village is the most popular stretch of Sairee beach. The beach is peppered with dive schools, bars and restaurants, making it a great place to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. Here the yellow brick road explodes with activity and several sidestreets connecting the yellow brick road and main road feature shops selling trinkets and inexpensive beachwear as well as additional bars and restaurants.
Spicy Tao exemplifies the best of hostel living. The bunk dorms, air-con or fan-cooled, are basic, but clean, and the least expensive you will find in Ko Tao without a diving discount. More importantly, the atmosphere here is one of friendship, relaxation and camaraderie. The owner is often away but when on the grounds he will regale you with tales and ensure your time here is most pleasant,... Read our full review of Spicy Tao Backpackers Hostel.
Sairee Cottage has a great range of accommodation to suit a range of pocket depths. Their huts are well spaced around open grassy grounds with a good deal of tree cover. The cheaper bungalows are basic Thai-style wooden huts while the higher-end rooms are classy with special attention paid to cosmetic detail. They also have a sand volleyball court in the central courtyard. While most rooms are... Read our full review of Sairee Cottage.
With both a scuba training pool as well as a resort-style pool, you won't have to share your cooling off with bubblemakers here! Rooms stretch back from the beach and radiate out from the new pool complex, dotted between shrub-lined walkways. Choose from individual bungalows and some adjoining rooms, but all have balconies on which to relax. The resort has added many rooms over the last few years... Read our full review of Seashell Gold Palm Resort.
Silver Sands combines its original beachside bungalow operation with a new hotel that has been built around a fountain courtyard. The traditional bungalows line a sandy yet lushly gardened path to Fizz Beach Bar and restaurant and while being comfortable, shady and well maintained, at night the music from the beach can be heard. The hotel rooms are very comfortable and care has been taken with... Read our full review of Silver Sands Hotel and Beach Resort.
Simple Life Resort is one of the few places to stay along this stretch of Sairee catering exclusively to those in the market for an upscale resort stay. Their rooms are a touch more expensive than the fancy rooms at other resorts but they have mastered the art of upscale pretty successfully. The resort lies just to the north of Sairee Junction and is about a five-minute walk from the beach. Rooms... Read our full review of Simple Life Resort.
A pleasant midrange resort, Sunset Buri provides something for everyone: relatively inexpensive little huts that are fairly basic, as well as deluxe bungalows with satellite TV, minibars and hot showers. All rooms are clean and bright and are set along a stone path lined with coconut trees and other lush greenery. Guests also have access to a decent-sized pool with the only high diving board on... Read our full review of Sunset Buri Resort.
Wind Beach offers neat Thai-style wooden bungalows and accommodation in adjoined concrete rooms, but all have small balcony areas. These rooms line a sandy path leading back from the beach and offer access to Sairee village in seconds through a small alley off to the right at the top of the path. Rooms are good value given their excellent location, though when we visited in November 2014 the... Read our full review of Wind Beach Resort.
Long running Blue Wind offers inexpensive accommodation popular primarily among backpackers. A range of different sized huts are positioned along palm-lined paths on Blue Wind's large grounds. Most huts are fairly small and provide only basic lodging with minimal amenities, but are in pretty good shape and have great decks. Larger air-con bungalows are also available. The best part about Blue... Read our full review of Blue Wind Bakery and Resort.
Lotus is a very friendly spot popular with divers and backpackers. A large variety of rooms are on offer. Some of the classier block rooms overlook a gorgeous pool, while clusters of worn but well-sized bungalows sit further towards the main road in a luscious garden. The block rooms come with all the modern amenities visitors might expect – a TV, air-con, hot water, plush beds, a bathtub in... Read our full review of Lotus Resort.
Sairee Hut offers a multitude of inexpensive huts just off the beach that are very popular among backpackers and divers. Significant discounts are available for students of Sairee Hut's PADI dive school, which offers a full range of courses. Sairee Hut's cheapest bungalows line a sandy courtyard near the beach. They are very basic and small but kept in good shape, and they all have good-sized... Read our full review of Sairee Hut Resort.
This stretch of Sairee is close to three of the loudest late-night party venues in the area. Bar Next 2 just past Island Resort, Fishbowl just outside of BANS Diving Resort and the AC Bar just across from AC Resort rage late into the night with pumping house music. Take a look at the map to decipher which resorts are pocketed between the action. Also keep in mind that many of the resorts, including BANS and AC, offer accommodation that is across the road from the party where it won't be quite as loud. If you're planning on partying late, these are all good options.
This resort has two rows of small and neat Thai-style wooden huts just a dozen steps from the beach. Two large concrete air-con bungalows sit on the beach too. It's another great budget option for its location. Note that the cheaper bungalow options do share a bathroom, but at 300 baht it’s still very reasonable. All of the rooms are quite basic, with few furnishings, but comfortable, clean,... Read our full review of Nat Resort.
Another central location for travellers who are here for the nightlife, Flower Resort offers inexpensive huts just beyond the yellow brick road. There is a wide array of options – some with extras like long tables for studying and safety deposit boxes. All are basic, but have clean beds, wooden floors and small, balcony-bound sitting area overlooking the garden. The bathrooms are nothing to... Read our full review of Flower Resort .
If you like the night life and want to boogie, In Touch is the place to stay. This is party central for backpackers at night and a laidback place to relax and enjoy some great Thai food and island atmosphere during the day. In Touch has a handful of cheap and simple worn wooden huts, some modern, window-laden options and several concrete bungalows set back from the beach. The larger bungalows are... Read our full review of In Touch.
Across the street from the beach in Sairee, Koh Tao Island Resort offers inexpensive huts that are fairly basic and larger air-con bungalows that feature stylish Thai design and provide a bit more luxury. Koh Tao Island Resort's grounds are vast with a lot of open space, yet their bungalows are packed rather closely together. The rooms themselves are quite large, with tiled floors and useful... Read our full review of Koh Tao Island Resort.
This resort offers small and clean Thai-style wooden huts in a tightly packed corridor. Their concrete rooms are more spread out and a little more spacious. The resort is set back from the beach behind a tattoo parlour at the centre of Haad Sairee and stretches back to the road. Budget rooms here book up quickly so be sure to make a reservation. Given its location it's a quiet area with only the... Read our full review of Prick Tai Resort.
SB Cabana offers budget accommodation that attracts mostly backpackers and other thrifty travellers. SB's sprawling grounds contain a potpourri of different bungalows. The newer rooms located in the back behind reception are very large and well-kept with attractive wooden floors and well-presented, though the bedding is still budget quality. The bungalows are large, but offer little external... Read our full review of SB Cabana.