13 Most Beautiful Beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand 13 Most Beautiful Beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand

13 Most Beautiful Beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao has some fantastic beaches and bays. The waters are crystal clear, which makes them ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There are so many things to do on Koh Tao compared to the size of the island. All the Koh Tao beaches have their pros and cons; use our Koh Tao Beaches guide, and decide where you like to spend your time on Koh Tao.

Beaches of Koh Tao

Sairee Beach

Several beach bars and restaurants are located on this 1.85 km long beach, which makes it the longest on Koh Tao. Probably also the busiest beach. Still not too busy for the Thailand standards. We had some great sunsets and parties at this beach.

koh tao map beaches

Getting to Koh Tao

You can’t fly to Koh Tao, but it’s best to reach by airplane via Bangkok or Koh Samui.

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Sai Nuan Beach

This beach is only reachable by foot or water taxi. It has a swing and plenty of shade under beautiful coconut palms. There are a couple of bars to grab a drink or snack.

Chalok Baan Kao

This is the third-largest Koh Tao beach, and it’s located in the South. In this tiny town, you’ll find a 7-Eleven, some dive centers, and restaurants. There is also a turtle conservation program, but we weren’t able to find it.

Freedom Beach

One of the Koh Tao beaches that were a little hard to reach. Located at the southern tip of the island. You have to pass Chalok and Taa Toh Resort until the end of the road. Then walk your way down. There are a lot of trees near the beach, which gives it a unique beach view, and it provides shade when you need it. There’s also a concrete path you can follow that goes around back to Chalok Baan Beach.

koh tao beaches freedom walk
koh tao beaches freedom beach couple

Haadtien Beach (shark bay)

In the southeastern part of Koh Tao, there’s a beach called Haad Thien, where the coconut palms are lined perfectly. This is a lovely beach to relax. It’s not that quiet due to the resort that is located on the beach, but that didn’t bother us at the time.

The name of the bay is not just a name since you can snorkel with Blacktip Reef sharks and a few huge turtles in there. To see them, you need to swim about 250 meters out of the beach to where it drops down deeper to 3 meters. You also should be able to see them near Sai Daeng Beach.

Sai Daeng Beach

This is the beach on Koh Tao that is the closest to Shark Island. To visit the beach, you must pass through one of the two resorts, but luckily it’s free of charge. 

With a kayak (and calm weather), you can reach Shark Island within 10 minutes. Underwater you’ll be able to see Blacktip Reef Sharks or Sea Turtles. It’s best to do this around sunset. Please be careful and do not touch the animals

Aow Leuk Beach

Aow Leuk is a lot easier to reach. You can take a taxi to here if you’d like to. This beach is private and does not allow you to bring your own food and drinks onto it, although we did bring our food and be sure to take our garbage. The beach closes at 5 pm.

koh tao beaches aow leuk beach

Tanote Bay

Tanote Bay has a beautiful white sand beach with good snorkeling and diving possibilities. The road down to this beach on Koh Tao is crazy steep. There is this enormous rock in the water where you can jump off into the ocean.

Mao Bay and Laem Tien Bay

A very small, rocky beach where you should come to snorkel. There is a popular spot for rock jumping for 3 to 12 meters. This is also an interesting place for scuba divers since you can swim through underwater tunnels.

You can only reach Laem Thian on foot, the trail to Aow Mao is known as one of the best hikes on Koh tao. From Tanote, you can kayak to Laem Thian within 30 minutes.

Hin Wong Bay

You can spend an entire day exploring Hin Wong Bay. Rent a kayak to get around because it’s difficult to walk on the rocks around the bay. The entrance fee for the beach is 50 baht or just buy a drink. This vibe in this area was really laid back.

Mango Bay, Koh Tao

This is one of the busier Koh Tao beaches. Mango Bay (Aow Muang) is a large bay with a small beach and a reef. This is the reason for the neighbors of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan to take a day trip to this bay.  Pay as little as a 100 bath to enjoy the amazing scenery at Mango Bay.

Koh Nang Yuan

This is the first island you’ll see when you Google Koh Tao Beaches. Multiple times named to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. You only can reach it by a 10-minute longtail boat ride. This boat leaves from the Mea Haad or Sairee beach.

A 100 baht fee will be charged when you enter the island. It’s not allowed to take plastic bottles to the island, which is a good thing. :) Go there early because the island is very popular! The viewpoint from the peak is something you should miss as well.

16/06/2024 https://www.saltinourhair.com/thailand/koh-tao-beaches/
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