Koh Tao

Koh Tao (which means “turtle island” in Thai) is a popular destination for divers and travellers who are looking for an “away from it all” beach vacation.

Koh Tao is renowned for its stunning diving and snorkeling sites. There are hardly any currents, a wide selection of dive sites and plentiful amounts of coral and marine life.

The west-facing Sairee Beach is the longest, most popular on the island, great for watching the sunset and for kayaking to Koh Nang Yuan. Chalok Baan Kao Beach is also popular with many travellers. There are many smaller beaches with only a few guesthouses that offer real peace and quiet and excellent snorkelling sites directly offshore.

Gay Scene

Koh Tao attracts a large number of gay visitors each year, and its nightlife is quite evident but the scene is very mixed. Most bars and clubs are located in Sairee Beach area. There used to be a gay bar “C*ck & Mocktail Bar” which sadly closed in January 2018. Behind Sairee Plaza, there’s a popular ladyboy/cabaret show bar called “The Queen’s Cabaret“.

Getting to Koh Tao

Koh Tao is located close to the western shore of the Gulf  of Thailand. Fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui, then catch a ferry (Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran or Seatran Discovery) to Koh Tao.

Alternatively, drive or take a bus or train from Bangkok, Phuket or Hua Hin to Chumphon Pier and then take a ferry to the island.

Koh Tao • Hotels

These hotels are our top picks for 2018. For more choices, click here to search all Koh Tao hotels.

Quiet, beachfront location.

19/9 Moo 3, Haad Tien (Shark Bay), Koh Tao | map | distance

8.3 Excellent
based on 935 Agoda reviews

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Haadtien Beach Resort4-5 stars

Why this hotel? Quiet, beachfront location. Beautiful villas. Great value. Free WiFi.

This beautiful boutique resort is one of the nicest on Koh Tao, located on a secluded beach at Shark Bay, with quiet surroundings yet only a short drive from the nearest village and local shops.

Haadtien Beach Resort offers large villas with private balconies. Each villa features wood furnishings, comfortable seating area, flat screen TV and minibar. Free WiFi in public areas.

The resort offers massage services, and the tour desk can arrange for various activities including mountain biking and snorkeling (equipment available for rent). The beachfront bar & restaurant serves excellent seafood and has great views.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 阳台, 海滩, 免费无线上网)

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Wonderful views.

30/1 Moo 2, Jansom Bay, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.1 Excellent
based on 1357 Agoda reviews

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Charm Churee Village3-5 stars

Why this hotel? Wonderful views. Private beach. Modern facilities.

Set in a secluded spot in Jansom Bay, one of Koh Tao’s most beautiful areas, Charm Churee is an ideal getaway for couples.

With wonderful scenery all around and crystal clear waters, the resort features tropical-styled rooms and cottages with modern facilities.

There are two restaurants serving Thai and international dishes, as well as a range of cocktails.

features bar, restaurant, internet access, steam room, massage, spa (酒吧, 餐厅, 互联网, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 温泉)

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On Sairee Beach.

16 Moo 1, Baan Haad Sairee, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.4 Excellent
based on 1857 Agoda reviews

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Koh Tao Cabana Hotel4 stars

Why this hotel? On Sairee Beach. Walk to bars & restaurants. Free WiFi.

Located at the nicest end of Sairee Beach, about 15 minutes’ walk from the bars & restaurants and 15 minutes from Mae Haad Pier, Koh Tao Cabana is one of the most popular hotels in this area.

This great-value resort features cottages with views of the ocean or the tropical gardens. Each air-conditioned cottage has cable TV, private deck and semi-open-air bathroom, free WiFi.

Guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments at the onsite Kajavari Spa. The beachfront restaurant serves tasty Thai food and fusion dishes. There is a bar for drinks and cocktails.

features bar, restaurant, massage, sun terrace, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 按摩, 阳台, 温泉, 免费无线上网)

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Panoramic views.

21/2 Moo 3, Thian Og Bay, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.4 Excellent
based on 1857 Agoda reviews

Jamahkiri Spa & Resort5 stars

Why this hotel? Panoramic views. Private beach. Luxury choice. Free WiFi.

Luxury option on the remote south side of Koh Tao with panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand.

Jamahkiri Resort offers large, deluxe rooms and individual pavilions. Facilities include free WiFi, PADI-certified diving club, pool, gym and private beach.

The resort’s many stairs will keep you fit, but if your legs get tired, you can a get nice relaxing massage at the onsite spa.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 温泉, 海滩, 免费无线上网)

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Excellent value.

14/11 Moo 1, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao | map | distance

7.9 Very Good
based on 808 Agoda reviews

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Simple Life Resort Koh Tao3 stars

Why this hotel? Excellent value. Spacious rooms. Near the beach. Free WiFi.

Great-value resort located on Sairee Beach, less than 100 metres from the water. Simple Life offers 25 spacious rooms with standard amenities including free WiFi.

There is a dive centre onsite. Besides diving, you can also explore rock climbing, island cruises and Thai boxing classes. Simple Life also features a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar.

features cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, spa, free wi-fi (咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉, 免费无线上网)

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Private beach.

30/20 Jax Trek, Jansom Bay, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.1 Excellent
based on 152 Agoda reviews

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Koh Tao Bamboo Huts4 stars

Why this hotel? Private beach. Unique bungalows. Great value. Free WiFi.

Located on the southwest cliff of Koh Tao, overlooking the unobstructed panoramic ocean view, Bamboo Huts features simple but well-kept bungalows amidst tropical gardens.

Ideal if you’re looking to unwind yet wanting to be near the main town. With its own private beach, the resort offers golden sandy beach where you can enjoy many water sports.

Or take a 5-minute taxi boat to get to a wide selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

features bar, restaurant, steam room, massage, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 温泉, 免费无线上网)

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Well-equipped bungalows.

19/11 Moo 1, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.9 Excellent
based on 80 Agoda reviews

La Cigale3 stars

Why this hotel? Well-equipped bungalows. Quiet surrounding. Great value. Free WiFi.

La Cigale features 4 bungalow-styled rooms in lush tropical jungle on Sairee Beach with fantastic views.

The bungalows are spacious, private and equipped with microwave, fridge, TV/DVD and open-air bathroom, free WiFi in public areas.

There’s laundry service & dry cleaning, 24-hour room service. Very friendly and helpful staff.

features cafe, massage, free wi-fi (咖啡馆, 按摩, 免费无线上网)

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Koh Tao • Gay-Owned / Gay-Friendly Bars

Sairee Beach, Koh Tao | map | distance

8.9 Excellent
based on 80 Agoda reviews

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Ladyboy/cabaret show bar in Sairee Beach. The Queen’s Cabaret is known for its nightly drag performance, fun entertainment and friendly staff.

Entry is free – you can just order a drink. Drink prices are reasonable. Showtime starts at 10:20pm. At the end of the show, you can take a picture with the beautiful ladyboys.

features bar, music, cabaret show, drag show (酒吧, 音乐, 歌舞表演)

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