Tao is blessed with some of Thailand's most spectacular
beaches and bays. Despite it's popularity among divers,
the waters surrounding the island remain crystal clear
and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
The "capital" of Koh Tao, Mae Haad is the
most developed area on the island with lots of shops,
bars, restaurants, banks and internet shops. Everything
you need is located here!
Sairee Beach is the best known of Koh Tao's beaches
and is home to several beach bars, nightspots and some
excellent restaurants. Always seems to be busy!
At the southern tip of the island, Chalok Ban Khao is
a beautiful stretch of golden sand and certainly less
crowded than Sairee. Longtails are dotted around the
bay and can ferry you around the waters.
Thien ("Rocky Bay")
Tao's best beach, without question. Commonly known as
Rocky Bay, the water here is absolutely clear and the
beach is lined with coconut palms. Surprisingly uncrowded,
probably due to being a fair way from the main town.
On the eastern side, quiet Ao Leuk is a superb spot
to relax and find some peace and quiet. The beach is
beautiful and the water is ideal for snorkelling but
not too good for swimming.
Lined with huge boulders which give Tanote Bay it's
unique appearance. Just north of Ao Leuk, the conditions
here are very similar and taxi-boats can ferry you between