Popular spot on the beach
The New Heaven group has a bit of a dynasty going on Ko Tao, running a well-regarded dive school, resort, restaurant and yoga studio on Chalok Ban Kao along with a cafe in Sairee, a reef conservation program and Baan Talay over near isolated Ao Leuk.
At the main Chalok Ban Kao location you’ll find comfortable air-con rooms situated in a two-floor building next to the diving practice pool and restaurant; and a few freestanding, fan-cooled “diver’s huts” and other budget rooms in a small attached building on the hill behind the beach.
All rooms come with sliding glass doors opening to private porches, mosquito nets, woven bamboo walls and private bathrooms – cold water in the budget hillside rooms and hot in the diver’s huts and air-con editions. The rooms were full when we passed through but we managed a few glimpses inside and they appeared modern and well kept.
Divers signed up at the school receive a 300 to 600 baht discount on the accommodation. Non-divers are also welcome and the standard rates aren’t too shabby, especially considering the uninspiring rooms found at the other resorts along this beach. The woman at reception was cheerful on a busy day and the beachside restaurant is a great place to chill.
Address: Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao
T: (077) 457 045 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'37.51" E, 10º3'59.17" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Hillside bungalows 500 baht for divers
|800 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
800 baht for divers
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room|
1,200 baht for divers
|1,800 baht||1,800 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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