Photo: Sai Daeng outlook.

Accommodation

Ko Tao has hundreds of places to stay are spread over a dozen different bays and beaches. We commence our coverage at the logistics hub for Ko Tao, Mae Haad. From there we cover the most popular area to stay, Sairee Beach, but we’re split it into three sections – southern Sairee (noisy), northern Sairee (quiter) and Sairee Village (off the beach).

From here we just back to the south of the island, with low key Haad Sai Nuan, Laem Jeda Kang and Ao June Juea filling out the southwest corner. Chalok Ban Kao, Freedom Beach, Ao Thian Ok and Sai Daeng are the primary south coast beaches. On the more remote east coast, you have Ao Tanote, Ao Leuk and Hin Wong. Last but not lease, Ko Nang Yuan sitting off the northwest coast of Ko Tao.




Introduction


Under 600B
Where to stay on Ko Tao
Backpacker - Under 600B

Ko Tao is a small island but it offers a mind-boggling array of accommodation options spread across more than a dozen diverse bays and beaches. Plenty of the hotels and guesthouses on Ko Tao however are really pretty poor: poor quality, poor value for money or, in many cases, both. Of course, that's not to say there aren't great places to stay on Ko Tao, as there are some unique and memorable... Read our full review of Where to stay on Ko Tao.

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Mae Haad

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.


North of the piers, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
600B to 1,500B
Ananda Villa
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
North of the piers, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 478

Named after the Buddha’s trusted sidekick who was known for cheerfulness in stressful situations, Ananda Villa offers great value with positive vibes on a convenient stretch of Mae Haad Beach. Superior rooms are spread over two floors of a bright seafront building beside an umbrella tree, each with a large private terrace, with beach access from ground floor rooms. Most of these face trees... Read our full review of Ananda Villa.

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South end of Mae Haad, Ko Tao
1,500B to 4,000B
Sensi Paradise Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
South end of Mae Haad, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 244

The Sensi Paradise’s smart dark-wood villas are spread over large grounds with lots of flowering trees pouring over Mae Haad’s best stretch of beachfront. Rooms come in 12 varieties, topping out with a three-bedroom villa that fetches 15,000 baht per night. With wood shingle roofs, vaulted rattan ceilings and mosquito nets hung from bamboo frames, designers achieved a level of elegance... Read our full review of Sensi Paradise Beach Resort.

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Central Mae Haad, on the first cross road between the two main roads.
600B to 1,500B
Jom Thong Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Central Mae Haad, on the first cross road between the two main roads.
T: (090) 931 6326

Jom Thong gets the job done if you’re after a modern and comfortable air-con room in the centre of Mae Haad village. Staffed by a sweet Burmese woman who makes up for limited English by trying extra hard to take care of guests, the three-storey concrete guesthouse is one of the larger options in Mae Haad village. This means that you might find a vacant room here if arriving to a busy Ko Tao... Read our full review of Jom Thong Guesthouse.

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North of the piers, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
1,500B to 4,000B
Koh Tao Beach Club
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
North of the piers, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 222

This midranger has a private feel thanks to its location at the far northern end of Mae Haad beside the rocky headland. It vies with Sensi Paradise, located at the opposite end of the beach, for the resort with Mae Haad’s best stretch of sand. Koh Tao Beach Club is a medium-size family beach resort and not some kind of private beach club, as the name may suggest. A patient receptionist sent... Read our full review of Koh Tao Beach Club.

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Mae Haad village, Ko Tao
Under 600B
Koh Tao Central Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Mae Haad village, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 925

Koh Tao Central Hostel is arguably the best option if you’re looking to roll straight off the ferry and into a cheap dorm in the heart of Mae Haad village. The crew of British staffers aren’t shy about showing off their roots: the sign mimics the design of the London Underground and the associated Reef Bar, located across the lane, usually has Premier League action on the widescreens.... Read our full review of Koh Tao Central Hostel.

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