Photo: Sunset on Sairee.

What's the best beach on Ko Tao?

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Ko Tao shines when it comes to beaches and given the relatively small size of the island (when compared to Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Samui) it is far more practical to spend your days hiking or riding to different beaches here each day. Many are also commonly visited on around the island snorkelling boat trips.

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Unfortunately some of the smaller beaches and resorts charge for access (or try to block it entirely) but in the majority of cases you should have no problems dropping in for a lay on the beach and a frolic in the water. Be sure to bring your snorkelling gear with you. With the following, we start at Ko Tao's most popular beach, Sairee, and then continue around in an anti-clockwise direction. This isn't an exhaustive list – we've left a few of the real hideaways for you to find ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,300 words.)

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Popular attractions in Ko Tao

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