Flying well under the radar of online booking and review sites, Nat Resort serves up dirt-cheap private rooms at a great location.
Nat is set in a row of small resorts on the inland side of the coastal lane and a 10-second jump from the beach. Most rooms come two to a concrete building with fake-wood siding; each side has a private entrance and porch with wood chairs facing abundant frangipani trees lining brick paths.
The 500-baht room that we checked out was dark and a bit dusty, with worn linens on old spring beds and relatively large bathroom with cold-water shower, bucket-flush toilet and proper sink. Shoestring budget travellers could save 200 baht by opting for a room with shared cold-water bathroom; these are among the cheapest private rooms we came across on Ko Tao. Nat also offers air-con rooms with hot water and, if you pay an extra 300 baht, TV, fridge and a beachfront location. That’s 1,500 baht for an air-con beachfront bungalow on one of Tao’s busiest beaches – not too shabby.
The woman who runs Nat was nice enough to us, especially when compared to some rude staffers who we encountered at nearby Prick Thai Resort. Just keep in mind that this is a very low-key spot relying exclusively on walk-in customers, and not a full-service beach resort like nearby Sairee Cottage.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Upto 1,500 baht