Photo: Plenty of secluded spots on the east coast.

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The east coast's tiny bays beckon budget travellers in need of a good long break from the real world. The hills around Ao Tanote offer the greatest choice of accommodation, but you'll find tranquility in Ao Lang Khaay, Ao Leuk and Ao Hin Wong as well.

Laem Thian

One of the best spots for snorkelling and in particular turtle-spotting, Laem Thian is a great hideaway, even though the one place to stay is far, far less attractive than its stunning setting.

Ao Tanote

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

Tanote View
Backpacker - Under 600B
Tanote Bay, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 542

This place hovers high above Tanote Bay, where the breeze is cool and the views of green hillsides and the sea are unforgettable. The woman running Tanote View is hilarious and makes everyone feel welcome. The laidback restaurant, complete with beer garden, offers great Thai food, pasta and steaks in a sala overlooking the bay. It's a bit of a walk by partially paved road down to the bay and... Read our full review of Tanote View.

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Mountain Reef Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Tanote, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 697-9

Mountain Reef Resort is a budget operation on the southern end of Tanote Bay. The cheaper huts are very small and located up the hill from the bay amid a lot of tree cover. These are weathered but certainly passable, and the shade keeps them relatively cool. The bungalows on the water's rocky edge cost only a little more but are a good deal larger and in better shape. The restaurant near the... Read our full review of Mountain Reef Resort.

Diamond Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
40/7 Ao Tanote, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 591

Diamond Resort is one of the classier establishments on Tanote Bay. Here you'll find charming little huts right on the beach for a good price and some newer, much larger bungalows up the hill a bit. All options are spacious and clean, but some of the smaller rooms are a little worn inside -- and out -- but this is the closest to the beach you can stay on Tanote. Discounted taxis (100B/person) run... Read our full review of Diamond Resort.

Family Tanote Bay Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
Tanote Bay, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 757-8

Family Tanote Bay Resort is the most upscale setup on Tanote Bay, though it's not exactly the lap of luxury. In fact, the bungalows here aren't that much fancier than some other operations here, as their prices would suggest. The good-sized bungalows are well-kept and comfortable with fresh linen but are fairly plain. They're priced according to size, location and amenities, ranging from... Read our full review of Family Tanote Bay Resort.

Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Tanote, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 734

Poseidon Resort, located at the edge of the sand on Tanote Bay, provides very basic no-frills huts at a good price. The small wooden bungalows are very simple and a little weathered but are clean and comfortable for the price. Most are up the hill a short distance behind the beachfront restaurant. The laidback restaurant offers a decent selection of Thai food and a few Western standards at... Read our full review of Poseidon.

Ao Lang Khaay

This quiet, isolated bay just to the south of Ao Tanote has no beach to speak of and just the one spot to stay -- if you're after seclusion, this is the place.

Pahnun View
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Lang Khaay, Ko Tao
T: (086) 572 3030

Pahnun View takes you back in time to how Ko Tao used to be. Rickety basic and cheap bungalows stretched out over a lush hillside. Bungalows are set apart and have excellent views, all have mosquito nets and a fan but otherwise are quite simple. The area is quiet and the resort is a great cheap escape from it all. It's ideal for settling down with a few good books and getting busy doing nothing.... Read our full review of Pahnun View.

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Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Lang Khaay, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 264

Yang's blue-roofed bungalows spread up the forested hillside overlooking the bay and provide some of the cheapest accommodation on the island in one of the most remote locations. The bungalows are a mixed bag -- mostly very basic, and the small huts behind the restaurant are showing their age. Go for the larger huts closer to the sea. For only just a little more, they are much larger and more... Read our full review of Yang Bungalows.

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.

Ao Leuk Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Leuk, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 692

Ao Leuk Beach Bungalows sprawl from the centre of Ao Leuk beach to the rocky northern end with rooms to suit low and midrange budgets. The friendly family-run operation provides a good-sized shop with clothing, souvenirs and snacks, and the large open-air restaurant has an impressive menu at reasonable prices. For budget travellers, Ao Leuk has small wooden huts on the hillside, some fairly... Read our full review of Ao Leuk Bungalows.

Ao Leuk II
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Leuk, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 779

On Ao Leuk's rocky southern cliff amid lots of tree cover, Ao Leuk II is a friendly and laidback place to enjoy this peaceful beach. With a variety of bungalows to choose from, they accommodate most budgets. Priced according to size and location, all of Ao Leuk II's beautiful hillside bungalows are well-maintained and tastefully colourful outside, though some are definitely better than others... Read our full review of Ao Leuk II.

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.

Hin Wong Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Hin Wong, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 006

Hin Wong Bungalows offers cheap accommodation and friendly service in a peaceful and rustic location. This spot right on the bay is difficult to leave, and they make it even harder with super cheap long-term rates. While the small basic huts aren't much to look at, they are in fair condition and provide a great base for those who want to get out and play in the water or simply enjoy the quiet of... Read our full review of Hin Wong Bungalows.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Tao East Coast? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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