Koh Tao Island Guide 2019 - gay tourist information - Travel Gay Asia

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

Our 2019 top hotels and resorts on Koh Tao for gay travellers are listed below.

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Haadtien Beach Resort
Haadtien Beach Resort
Quiet, beachfront location.
Haadtien Beach Resort
Haadtien Beach Resort
Haadtien Beach Resort
Haadtien Beach Resort

8.3 Excellent
based on 1066 Agoda reviews

60% off on Agoda

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...

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Charm Churee Village
Charm Churee Village
Wonderful views.
Charm Churee Village
Charm Churee Village
Charm Churee Village
Charm Churee Village

8.1 Excellent
based on 1463 Agoda reviews

67% off on Agoda

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...

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Koh Tao Cabana Hotel
Koh Tao Cabana Hotel
On Sairee Beach.
Koh Tao Cabana Hotel
Koh Tao Cabana Hotel
Koh Tao Cabana Hotel
Koh Tao Cabana Hotel

8.4 Excellent
based on 2004 Agoda reviews

38% off on Agoda

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...

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Jamahkiri Spa & Resort
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort
Panoramic views.
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort

8.4 Excellent
based on 2004 Agoda reviews

Jamahkiri Spa & Resort5 stars

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

Gay-friendly luxury resort on the remote south side of Koh Tao with panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand...

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Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
Excellent value.
Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Resort Koh Tao

8 Excellent
based on 926 Agoda reviews

45% off on Agoda

Simple Life Resort Koh Tao3 stars

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

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

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Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
Private beach.
Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
Koh Tao Bamboo Huts

8 Excellent
based on 196 Agoda reviews

77% off on Agoda

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...

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La Cigale
La Cigale
Well-equipped bungalows.
La Cigale
La Cigale
La Cigale
La Cigale

8.9 Excellent
based on 83 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...

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Koh Tao • Gay-Owned / Gay-Friendly Bars

The Queen’s Cabaret
The Queen’s Cabaret

8.9 Excellent
based on 83 Agoda reviews

+66 87 677 6168
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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...

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C*ck & Mocktail Bar – CLOSED
C*ck & Mocktail Bar – CLOSED

8.9 Excellent
based on 83 Agoda reviews

+66 61 817 5416
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CLOSED (January 2018)...

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