Accommodation Near Kok Tao Beaches

Holiday Hotels Close to Koh Tao Beaches

Holiday accommodation nearby Koh Tao beaches, bars, restaurants and SCUBA dive shops is mostly on the west side of Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand where there are more dive shops per square kilometre than anywhere in the world. Accommodation ranges from 5 star resort hotels, beachfront villas, dive shops which own their own hotels, mountain top rental homes with panoramic views, and cheap accommodation at home stay style bed and breakfast lodgings. Because Koh Tao is a small island, all accommodation is near a beach. The biggest beach is Sairee Beach which is near Nuang Yuan island. Next beach south of Sairee beach is Maya Beach which is near the Koh Tao harbour.

Young tourists aged between 19 -30 years old are in the majority of visitor statistics to Koh Tao. They also make up most of the average of 5 vehicle crashes per day. Roads are narrow. The best way to get up and down the west coast is to walk along the beach in the morning or on the beachside path, in the shade of trees in the afternoon. There are plenenty of bars, hotels, restaurants, cafes and fresh juice vendors along this beachfront path. You'll walk past a public swimming pool for which you can pay a small fee to lounge and swim all day. Many hotles permit non-guests to swim for a small fee.

Nang Yuan

The tropical island of Nang Yuan, with its famous, three directional sandbar is about 500 metres near Koh Tao western beaches. Most of the dive boats start their day dive trips from Koh Tao by anchoring near Nang Yuan. There is no tourist accommodation on Nang Yuan islet.

Nuang Yuan island near Koh Tao
Photo of Nang Yuan. See photos of nearby Koh Ma Islet sand bar.

Seasonal Weather Koh Tao

The low tourist season months in Thailand are the wet monsoon season months from May to September but there is less rain in the "Gulf of Thailand" islands such as Koh Tao and conveniently when it did rain is was mostly at night. Yes it is humid then but that's great when SCUBA diving, snorkelling, enjoying a cold drink, having a 200 baht massage, or lounging near a resort swimming pool.  SCUBA diving businesses operate all months. Some have a holiday in the month of November when the water is a bit turbid.
Rainfall Chart Koh Tao
Rainfall Chart Koh Tao

Koh Tao monthly temperature ranges only slight from 28 to 32 degrees celcious throughout the year.

Koh Tao Transport

Schedualed Gulf of Thailand ferries transport interisland passengers south to nearby Koh Phangan and north to Chomporn via Nuang Yuan islet.  Chompornis the main transit port for ferry passengers to and from Bangkok. Solar Air and Happy Air fly to Chomporn from Bangkok. Travel agent signs on Koh Tao advertise "Joint Tickets" which are not for reefers but rather combination travel tickets for Koh Tao boat bus plane train Koh Tao transport. The big two passenger ferry company brand names are "Lomprayah" and "Sea Train"  Save a 200 baht agent's commission by buying boat tickets directly from boat ferry ticket sales offices right at the harbour. Sea Train's ticket office is at the end of the northern harbour pier.

Hire motorbikes (scooters actually) start at 120 baht per day but you'd need to search for this hire bike price away from tourist areas. Trail bikes up to 250cc are also for hire.
Car hire is an option for families but because Koh Tao is a small island, you'd be better off hiring motor bikes, bicycles or walking. It takes about 45 minutes to walk from Sairee Beach to Chalok harbour. Roads are narrow, not pedestrian friendly and unsafe so extreme care should be taken. Hire bikes are carefully checked before hire. If they come back scratched, you pay.
Plastic sea kayak hire is about 400 baht per day. Paddling from beaches on the northwest side of Koh Tao to Nuang Yuan island should be easy. Nuang Yuan island is so close to Koh Tao that good swimmers could swim there.

Longtail boats / taxi boats are a transport option on Koh Tao to transport you to and from your hotel to island beaches and dive sites.

SCUBA DIVING

Koh Tao is a good warm water place to lean to SCUBA dive. SCUBA dive centres / shops are on every corner and have agents in every hotel. You'll see SCUBA diving students in hotel swimming pools and in shallow sea water near Sairee Beach. PADI dive courses are offered by many dive training centres. If your partner is a SCUBA diver and you're not, you can still go out on a dive boat and enjoy snorkelling near Koh Tao and Nuang Yuan islands.

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