Taa Toh Resort and Freedom Beach Resort
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.
Check rates at Taa Toh Resort and Freedom Beach Resort on Agoda.com
Check rates at Taa Toh Resort and Freedom Beach Resort on Booking.com.
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.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 900 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes: 1,200 baht for a concrete bungalow
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 2,100 baht, high season 2,100 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 3,000 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 3,700 baht, high season 3,700 baht. Notes:
Laem Taa Toh and Freedom Beach, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 596
F: (077) 456 192
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B