Very old but the views are timeless
Rocky Resort has been perched on the boulders at the eastern end of Ao Thian OK for what seems forever, but the rooms are not like the Grange you have stuffed in the cellar – they have not improved with age.
One of the first resorts on Ko Tao, the service remains layabout slow but friendly and the small restaurant is perched right over the rocks offering great views down the sand. To be honest, when we saw the sign for here by the lobby at the far more upmarket Beach Club, we assumed it was an old and forgotten sign, but there you go, always follow the signs as they were hanging on and still in business.
The rooms are fan cooled with bathrooms, though we saw one very old thatch hut, representative of huts in the 1980s and 90s on Ko Tao, with share bathroom and set right over the water, which will appeal to those comfortable with very rustic standards. There are also a few concrete rooms set out over the water and rocks, though we preferred the more typical wooden and thatch bungalows on solid ground just back from the water.
If you want to stay on Thian Ok with easy access to the beach, but don’t want to pay thousands of baht for a room, then Rocky is your only option on this side of the bay – OK II over on the other side of the bay, is a considerably better option, but we still list here as it will appeal to some long-stayers. Discounts are available for longer stays.
Address: Eastern end of Ao Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (086) 283 5015;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º50'1.66" E, 10º3'56.95" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 800 baht
|600 baht||600 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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