Average rooms, marvelous setting
Operated as two separate resorts in years past, Taa Toh bought out the more backpacker-oriented Freedom Beach and the two are now run as one resort spread over a pair of gorgeous locations.
Indeed, location is the main selling point here. Simple sky-blue wood bungalows come with metal roofs and porches, set stilts on the hill overlooking Freedom Beach. It’s not the best value judging by the rundown bungalows alone, which are small and equipped only with springy beds and mosquito nets over raised platforms, cheap wood-panel walls, moveable fans and cold-water wet bathrooms with Western flush toilets. But the setting is magnificent and you’re only a 10-minute walk from the conveniences of Chalok Ban Kao.
We also checked out an air-con room set over the boulders on the west side of Taa Toh Cape – also a lovely setting but not as picturesque as the Freedom Beach side. It had a firm bed, gloomy hot-water wet bathroom and seaside porch, and no other extras, making the value questionable. An additional 900 baht gets you a similarly small room with fridge and TV. Air-con rooms are accessed by seaside concrete walkways with no handrails.
WiFi works only in the huge and sparsely decorated restaurant and reception area. We had no qualms with the staff, though the resort’s practice of charging non-guests 50 baht per person for “road repair” to access Freedom Beach seems a bit over the top. If you want to save money on a slightly better bungalow in this area, head to nearby OK 2 Bungalows.
Address: Laem Taa Toh and Freedom Beach, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 596; F: (077) 456 192
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'42.59" E, 10º3'41.52" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
1,200 baht for a concrete bungalow
|900 baht||900 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||2,100 baht||2,100 baht|
|Superior double room||3,000 baht||3,000 baht|
|Family room||3,700 baht||3,700 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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