Central flashpacker option
With a sky-blue facade and trendy ground-floor cafe, Thalassa Hotel aims for travellers who appreciate some style and creature comforts along with a location at the centre of the action.
Accessed by stairs, squeaky clean rooms feature good-quality mattresses on raised wood or brushed concrete platforms, and abstract art in oceanic colours on blue-and-white walls. You also get a desk, LCD TV, free WiFi, safe, fridge and ensuite bathroom with rain showerhead. Superior editions come with more space and sofas.
Every room has only a small glass window, and we’d expect some noise after dark from the nearby bars. Guests can dine at the on-site Kusto Tapas and Wine Bistro or take advantage of the plethora of other eateries found within steps of the hotel.
Though not cheap, Thalassa is one of the only places to stay in Sairee village that’s not a hostel or a guesthouse, which often have comfortable rooms but lack the service and style. You could pay a bit more to stay at Simple Life Resort just north of the central village; it has a swimming pool but is no better than Sairee Cottage, which has cheaper air-con rooms much closer to the beach.
Address: Sairee village, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 791 ; (092) 460 3013;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'46.14" E, 10º5'57.73" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,000 baht||2,000 baht|
|Superior double room||2,800 baht||2,800 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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