Located just north of the village centre on the inland road, Koya Guesthouse makes a good base for those who appreciate creature comforts and a family-run vibe.
Rooms with balconies accessed through sliding glass doors occupy the upper two floors of a modern ice blue-and-white concrete building – the corner room that we checked out actually had two balconies. Though lacking decor, the rooms are bright and clean, with soft beds over glossy tile floors, ceiling mounted fans in addition to air-con, LCD TVs, free WiFi, fridges, desks and sizeable wet bathrooms with hot-water showers. The rooms appeared to be equal to Thalassa in terms of comfort, but with less style and cheaper linens and appliances.
We arrived to find the manager lounging on a sofa with her little daughter; they were both welcoming once roused. Koya is one of several small guesthouses or shops that rent out a room or two on this road: cheaper digs are available at nearby CJ, Sairee Center and AJP, among others.
Address: Sairee village, Ko Tao
T: (077) 457 092; (080) 049 0862;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'50.21" E, 10º5'58.07" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,200 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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