An idyllic spot
March down a long set of concrete steps and you arrive at Tao Thong Villa, a family-run bungalow spot set over a blip of a beach wedged beneath the imposing boulders of Jeda Kang Cape.
Tao Thong wins an award for charm: the Thai mother and daughter gave us a warm welcome, and we dug the little library with guitars and pictures of the Thai king and family members. It’s a very laid-back spot with Thai food and beer served to a couple of roofed terraces placed high above the sea. Concrete stairs and walkways lead to bungalows set high up on brick stilts. There are no railings, so families with toddlers should steer clear.
The small bungalow that we peeped into had a bit of mould in the concrete bathroom with cold-water shower and bucket-flush toilet, but otherwise it appeared well kept. A firm mattress comes draped in mosquito net over wood floors, with a cool gypsy painting on the woven bamboo wall. Two windows provide a bit of cross breeze, and sea views can be enjoyed from hammocks on the notably large porches.
The family also runs Sky Bar (yes, more steps) situated way up on the hill behind the resort and closer to Tao Thong Villa 2, which has some concrete air-con bungalows with hot water and fridges on the other side of the cape. You might feel a bit neglected if staying over there, as reception and most of the action is at the original resort.
Address: Laem Jeda Kang, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 078; (077) 456 224;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'1.03" E, 10º4'12.23" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 800 baht
|500 baht||500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,600 baht||1,600 baht|
|Family room||2,000 baht||2,000 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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