Photo: Getting ready for another dive around Ko Tao.

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.

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Chalok Ban Kao has a handful of budget to midrange options that make great bases for exploring further afield. Smaller Haad Saal Chao and Freedom Beach get you isolation and magnficient scenery without breaking the bank.

Chalok Ban Kao

The long and narrow main beach at Chalok Ban Kao backs on to a selection of restaurants, bars, dive shops and the occasional guesthouse. Due to a muddier beach composition the water tends to be somewhat cloudy but the beach is sandy and white.

Ko Tao Tropicana Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 167

Bordering the beach, Koh Tao Tropicana offers lovely rooms spread around well-manicured garden grounds. Travellers can soak up the serene atmosphere away from the heat of the sunny beach on the various chairs and hammocks dotted throughout the cool, shady garden, or have a massage (200-250 baht) in the garden sala. An on-site travel agency, book exchange and internet cafe are also available, and... Read our full review of Ko Tao Tropicana Resort.

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J.P. Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 099

JP Resort has just four concrete bungalows on the beach -- however they don’t actually face the beach. The rest of this resort's bungalows are just across the road and stretch along the hillside. The basic bungalows are mostly connected in pairs or blocks as opposed to private single huts. Rooms are well-kept and clean though nothing too fancy. The restaurant is average with a standard... Read our full review of J.P. Resort.

Ko Tao Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
19/1 Moo 3, Ao Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 133-4

Ko Tao Resort is the largest resort on Ao Chalok Ban Kao and has rooms spread from the beach, across the road and up the hill. They offer a wide variety of room types, some with outdoor baths and Jacuzzis and all suited to mid- to high-range budgets. All rooms are spacious, clean and well looked after but the decor does seem a bit dated. The large, open restaurant overlooks the pool and beach... Read our full review of Ko Tao Resort.

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Haad Saal Chao

This is a gorgeous location with spectacular beach and sea views and offers more peace and quiet than the main centre of dive-oriented Chalok Ban Kao. The water on this end of the bay isn't as clear as that at other beaches.

Viewpoint Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Haad Saal Chao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 444

Located on Haad Saal Chao to the west of Chalok Ban Kao, Viewpoint caters to those seeking a touch of luxury at a reasonable price. A variety of different-sized bungalows are spaced throughout Viewpoint's immense terraced grounds, which are immaculately kept and well-shaded with palm trees and colourful, sweet-smelling flowers. While none of the rooms offer air-con, these beautifully-designed... Read our full review of Viewpoint Resort.

Taraporn Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
25 Moo 3 Haad Saal Chao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 457

Taraporn, west of Chalok Ban Kao, is a largely quiet spot with a private stretch of sandy beach surrounded by boulders. Babaloo Beach Bar is close by though and while most nights it remains chilled and relaxed, when they throw a party it carries on until the early hours. Snorkels, masks and fins can be rented at the reception desk. However the water here can get a little murky, so you may want to... Read our full review of Taraporn Bungalows.

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Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach is the final bay on the western side of the peninsula.

Freedom Beach
Backpacker - Under 600B
Freedom Beach, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 596

Stretching from its own private beach up to its cliffside restaurant high above Ao Taa Toh, Freedom Beach is a tranquil place with fairly basic, quite spacious bungalows. There's something here to suit most budgets, although Freedom Beach accommodates mostly backpackers. Rooms are situated on stilts at various elevations along the somewhat steep hillside, while the super laidback and friendly... Read our full review of Freedom Beach.

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Ao Taa Toh

The west-facing bay on the peninsula, looking out to Chalok Ban Kao, is home to a single, dive-orientated resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chalok Ban Kao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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