Ko Tao

Where to stay: Ko Tao

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.

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We have 36 places to stay in and around Ko Tao.

Introduction


Where to stay on Ko Tao
Where to stay on Ko Tao

Our pick of the crop.

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.

Haad Sairee (southern stretch)

The southern stretch of Sairee Beach includes a party strip that gets a little crazy late at night – beware that noise can be an issue in this vicinity. You’ll also find resorts closer to the village which are slightly removed from the wildest nightlife. This is a popular and tightly packed part of Ko Tao.

Flowers Resort
Flowers Resort

Laid back, central location

From 900 baht Walk-in

Nat Resort
Nat Resort

Cheapest private rooms around

From 300 baht Walk-in

Haad Sairee (northern stretch)

Not as mental as the southern stretch of the beach, this northern strip is home to larger resorts (which climb up and around the headland) and more specious bungalow villages. This is a reaasonable area to consider if you prefer to have Sairee Village within walking distance rather than the pubs and clubs of the south and prefer a beach bar than a beach club. We found much of the accommodation here to be of decidedly mediocre value.

Palm Leaf Resort
Palm Leaf Resort

Better budget option in the area

From US$37 with Agoda

Silver Sands
Silver Sands

Bungalows and hotel rooms

From 1,000 baht Walk-in

O-Chai
O-Chai

Simple and friendly

From 800 baht Walk-in

Sairee village

A pulsating swirl of restaurants, bars, boutiques, guesthouses and hostels, Sairee village is the centre of the action. Below we’ve spotlighted a terrific hostel and a couple of solid flashpacker options; if looking for something cheaper you could try one of the many rooms found above shops and eateries or head down to a fan-cooled bungalow off Sairee Beach. If you’re after a dirt-cheap hostel, Mae Haad village has a better selection.

Indie Hostel
Indie Hostel

Slick hostel amid the action

From 490 baht Walk-in

Thalassa Hotel
Thalassa Hotel

Central flashpacker option

From US$24 with Agoda

Haad Sai Nuan

Haad Sai Nuan is actually a pair of small and gorgeous beaches broken up by an outcrop of boulders on Ko Tao’s secluded southwest coast. A steep road runs from the Chalok Ban Kao area down to the southern stretch of Haad Sai Nuan, from where it’s a five-minute walk up to Sai Thong Resort. You can also get here by taking the somewhat confusing trails starting at Sensi Resort to the south of Mae Haad Beach.

Laem Jeda Kang

Jutting out from Ko Tao’s southwestern corner, Laem Jeda Kang is a rocky cape with a couple of coves on either side. Tao Thong Villa operates bungalow joints on both sides, with the original resort overlooking a tiny beach that leads into a secluded patch of sea that’s good for swimming and snorkelling. From here a rough road winds up and down to Chalok Ban Kao. You can also hike down here from the southern end of Mae Haad, passing Haad Sai Nuan along the way.

Ao June Juea

Further down the southwest coast, Ao June Juea is a secluded backpacker-style beach within steps of the massive Pinnacle Resort and not too far from Viewpoint Resort and access to Chalok Ban Kao. It’s a solid 30-minute hike up to Mae Haad.

Chalok Ban Kao

The beachfront land directly behind Chalok Ban Kao beach is stuffed with dive resorts alongside several mediocre midrange resorts like Ko Tao Resort, JP Resort and Sunshine Resort – we didn’t feel that any of these midrangers were worth listing but they probably won’t be horrible either. Some better options can be found in the periphery of the bay.

Viewpoint Resort
Viewpoint Resort

If you don’t mind steps

From US$72 with Agoda

Baan Cha-lok Hostel
Baan Cha-lok Hostel

Quiet dorms and privates

From 250 baht Walk-in

New Heaven Dive Resort
New Heaven Dive Resort

Popular spot on the beach

From 800 baht Walk-in

Freedom Beach

One of the more idyllic spots on Ko Tao, Freedom Beach covers the western corner of the cape that separates Ao Chalok Ban Kao from Ao Thian Ok. The only place to stay, Freedom Beach Resort, was combined with Taa Toh Resort after some shuffling around among the owners.

Ao Thian Ok

The beach itself is home to just two resorts only one of which is budget. A third perches on the headland overlooking the bay. The main stretch of the beach is owned by one upscale resort, which restricts access to non guests. This bay is easier to get to than neighbouring Haad Sai Daeng, making it the better choice for staying in a quiet locale while still being in reach of a night out in the busier areas.

OK II Bungalows
OK II Bungalows

Bungalows over Shark Bay

From 700 baht Walk-in

Rocky Resort
Rocky Resort

Very old but the views are timeless.

From 600 baht Walk-in

Haad Sai Daeng

With a relatively long stretch of beach and just three places to stay, this is a very peaceful spot. Enjoy great snorkelling and swimming in the pristine waters.

Sai Daeng Resort
Sai Daeng Resort

Modern comfortable rooms

From US$66 with Agoda

Ao Tanote

Bungalows litter the hills surrounding the very scenic Tanote Bay, and nothing is too far at all from the water.

Montalay Beach Resort
Montalay Beach Resort

The best midrange option on the beach

From US$44 with Agoda

Poseidon Bungalows
Poseidon Bungalows

Very relaxed and friendly

From 800 baht Walk-in

Ao Leuk

Ao Leuk is a lovely little bay that is pretty much owned by the one family. The only guesthouses here are owned by Mama and her daughter, and Mama certainly knows best.

Baan Talay
Baan Talay

Worth the effort to reach

From 1,200 baht Walk-in

Ao Hin Wong

Don’t expect too many creature comforts and you won’t be disappointed with Hin Wong Bay. Just a handful of guesthouses are located in this particularly serene spot.

Ko Nang Yuan

Ko Tao’s satellite island – actually it’s three tiny islands connected by sand bars – attracts boatloads of day trippers from Ko Tao as well as Pha Ngan and Samui. The stunning islands can feel like a theme park managed by the only place to stay, which could improve in just about every possible way.