Bungalows over Shark Bay
The family-run OK 2 has simple, well-kept bungalows set on stilts overlooking both Ao Taa Chaa and Ao Thian Ok, where some good snorkelling can be done.
Accessed by concrete walkways and stairs that left us gasping, the wood bungalows are solid for the price – especially if you grab one with a view. They all come with mosquito nets placed over springy beds on hardwood floors along with brown wood walls, a couple of windows, clean cold-water wet bathrooms and porches with a couple of chairs.
Groups can grab one of two larger bungalows with two double beds; these are situated beside the shoreline so you can hop out of bed and into the azure water of Ao Taa Chaa. A middle-aged Thai couple owns the place and both of them were friendly and quick to show us a room.
WiFi works at the restaurant, where you can fill up on affordable Thai food while soaking in views of Ao Thian Ok. Lots of palms and flowering trees punctuate the beautiful setting, and it’s only a five-minute walk to either Freedom Beach. Chalok Ban Kao, with its eating options and convenience stores, is only a 10-minute walk from OK 2 (and that’s ok or awk, the Thai word for east, not “okay”).
Address: Far southwest corner of Ao Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 506; (081) 956 1453;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'49.12" E, 10º3'47.6" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||700 baht||700 baht|
|Family room||1,500 baht||1,500 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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