Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Located over 70Km out into the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao otherwise known as ‘Turtle Island’ (Thai meaning) is a small island with a big reputation! Here’s a description of the popular areas of the island.
Sairee Beach has become the main focal point of Koh Tao and is the most popular area for accommodation, with many resorts, bars and restaurants. This is the longest beach on the island, with everything you need within close walking distance. There’s a massive range of accommodation from economical huts right through to luxury air conditioned hotels.
Simple Life Divers is situated on the south tip of Sairee Beach. We have our own private bit of beach in front of our resort, and are just a short stroll from all the atractions of Sairee.
The main port is in Mae Haad Village, which is where most of the shops and banks are located. There are a couple of resorts, but the main focus of Mae Haad is as a port for all the Koh Tao ferries and shopping area.
To the South, the third largest settlement is Chalok Baan Kao, which again consists mostly resort accommodation, bars and restaurants. Chalok Ban Kao is significantly quieter than Sairee Beach.
Koh Tao’s east coast is significantly less developed, lined with small bays.
The most popular bays are Aow Leuk Bay, Tanote Bay and Hin Wong Bay. These are very spectacular, largely undeveloped with beautiful beaches and great snorkeling. The bad news is, the roads to reach the east coast are pretty bad. You have to drive up over the mountain which is very steep in places, plus large parts of the roads are sand which is dusty and loose when its dry and get washed away when it rains.
Even so, the east coast is well worth a visit. If you’re not confident riding a motorbike, probably best to arrange a taxi ride instead.
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