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Ko Tao Beach Hotels

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  • The 10 Best Beach Hotels in Ko Tao, Thailand

Hotels That Guests Love in Ko Tao
AC 2 Resort

“The Staff was Outstanding!!!! When the WiFi was down... they fixed it within 30 minutes. When the hot water was out... they fixed it within 30 minutes. The restaurant has good food and is on beach. Great beach access. Great WiFi. Decent air conditioning. Nice hot water shower. Near 7-11. Good Location.”

Apr 13, 2018

Beach Club by Haadtien

“the beach, the seaside, the nature, the silence, the breakfast, the restaurant, the staff, the room, the view”

Mar 25, 2018

Simple Life Resort Koh Tao

“Very good communication and front desk service in this hotel. The rooms were spacious and clean. We found the location to be very good. Near most of the life on the island. The only thing missing is immediate beach access.”

Mar 14, 2018

P.D. Beach Resort

“We booked the seaside villa and the location of both, the resort and the villa, is just great! The villa was directly at the sea and we had a quiet little private beach at the resort. Perfect for anyone who wants to relax and just lay in the sun and go snorkeling. Perfect water for snorkeling!”

Mar 2, 2018

Beach Club by Haadtien

“Staff, view, beach access, spa !”

Dec 31, 2017

Sairee Sairee Guesthouse

“Really cool room with matching "concrete" furniture Location perfect for a budget non beach hotel. 20 mins walk from ferry along the promenade. Fantastic availability of dive shops The restaurant is good too!”

Nov 5, 2017

In Touch Resort

“Very modern rooms, comfortable bed, very clean, direct beach access”

Sept 11, 2017

Pinnacle Koh Tao Resort

“This is our third stay in pinnacle in three years. We stayed in seaview villa and We loved the scenery at the room, the rooms are cleaned every day, the personnel in the restaurant, or pool bar were so kind and helpful. There is a beach access, but beach is very small and there is not much to do.”

Sept 8, 2017

AC 2 Resort

“location. not in the center of Sai ree beach but few minutes walk. Pretty quiet and beach access. The room is spacious, very quiet at night. Good connection for WiFi”

Sept 8, 2017

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Things to Do in Ko Tao

Ao Leuk
Ao Leuk is a peaceful little bay surrounded by reefs. Here you'll find all kinds of wrasses, parrotfish and butterflyfish. You might even catch a seahorse or a turtle. One point to note: At Ao Leuk they can be pretty strict about not bringing food or drink. If you’re hungry, make sure you eat at the restaurant by the beach.
Haad Sai Daeng
Sai Daeng is a snorkeling paradise. Shimmering turquoise waters, fine-white sands, warm currents and a whole lot of colorful sea life. It’s a great place to spot blacktip reef sharks around the coral clusters in the bay. Your best bet is to swim west towards the cape to catch these magnificent beasts in all their glory.
Shark Bay
While it may be tricky to get to—the dirt road is windy and steep—it’s definitely worth the effort to make the trek to Shark Bay. As the name suggests, it’s one of the best places in Koh Tao to see blacktip and whitetip sharks, plus a ton of other creatures. Just watch out for sea urchins on the seabed since it's pretty shallow for ever further out in the water.
Mango Bay
The best way to get to Mango Bay is by taxi boat, zipping round the cape. Otherwise you’ll be charged just to access the beach. As long as you’ve timed your visit right to avoid the crowds, you’ll be rewarded as soon as you get there – there's an unbelievable variety of sea animals, including reef sharks and turtles! Just remember to pack your underwater camera.
Southwest Pinnacle
At its best in the early morning, this open-water dive site is blanketed in swaying anemones – meaning clownfish will definitely be seen. You’re also likely to spot scorpionfish, barracudas and groupers around Southwest Pinnacle’s rock formations, while the occasional whale shark cruises by between March and May.
Shark Island
Spectacular hard and soft corals and a vast array of sea creatures make the waters around Shark Island something truly special. This tiny uninhabited island gets its name from its dorsal-fin shape rather than the sea creatures, though spotting black tip sharks isn’t unheard of. Currents can be strong here, so it’s a site best for advanced divers.
Chumphon Pinnacle
Perhaps Ko Tao’s best deep dive site, Chumphon Pinnacle’s main rock formation rises 65 feet up from the sea bed. Schools of batfish and barracuda flock around the anemone-covered pinnacles and giant groupers lurk in the depths. Lucky divers may spot bull sharks, or even passing whale sharks in season.
The Wreck of the Sattakut
Ko Tao’s newest artificial reef is an excellent site for advanced divers. This warship was in action above the waves in both the US and Thai Navy before it sunk in 2011. Today, the Wreck of the Sattakut is teeming with life. Moray eels lurk in dark corners, while schools of snapper and barracuda surround the structure.
Sail Rock
This giant ocean pinnacle is a longer boat ride from the island, but it’s worth it to dive at Ko Tao’s best site. Sail Rock towers from the seabed up to the surface, providing a home for hundreds of species of marine life. There's everything from huge whale sharks and groupers to tiny technicolored nudibranchs.
The Twins
Finding Nemo isn’t hard to do at Twin Peaks dive site, where a family of rare saddleback clownfish lives. Located just off tiny Nang Yuan Island, The Twins’ calm, shallow waters are safe for even novice divers. And the vibrant marine life and excellent visibility make this a perfect place for underwater photography.
White Rock
It’s not hard to see why White Rock is one of Ko Tao’s most popular dive sites. Two huge boulders are separated by a colorful coral garden that’s full of marine life – from angelfish and sea turtles to blue-spotted stingrays and banded sea snakes. At night, giant barracuda hunt in the light of divers’ torches.
Green Rock
Green Rock’s swim-through caves and canyons provide hiding places for all kinds of shy sea creatures, including stingrays, sea snakes and turtles. Just off nearby Nang Yuan Island, this shallow site is ideal for intermediate divers. It’s also the territory of the attractive but aggressive titan triggerfish – keep your distance to avoid a nasty bite!
Laem Thian
Sharks bay diving spot
Tanote Bay
Diving spot (sharks)
Ao Muong
Diving spot
Booking.com asked travelers...

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Ko Tao mean to you?

Nice beach. Good swimming. Night time activities and restaurants. Fire spinners and other entertainers
There are very nice beaches in koh tao, but not all of them are good for swimming
quiet during the day, lively at evenings. Beach dinners

Ko Tao Highlights

Snorkeling
Ko Tao, which means “Turtle Island”, is a water baby’s dream. If you want to extend your island adventure, head to neighbouring Aow Leuk and Koh Nagyuan, where their calm waters are a little more secluded.
Diving
This stunning island is surrounded by dive sites, so you're really spoilt for choice. Ko Tao has the wreck of HTMS Sattakut and the Southwest Course. With over 50 diving schools in the area it's great for those new to the sport.