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 longest and 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 travelers. There are many smaller beaches with only a few guesthouses that offer real peace and quiet and excellent snorkelling sites directly offshore.
Although frequented by many gay travellers, Koh Tao is only now starting to develop its gay scene. There is a ladyboy cabaret show in Sairee, behind Sairee Plaza, called The Queen’s Cabaret, and a new LGBT-friendly bar located in North Sairee off the new walking street behind Asia Divers, called C*ck & Mocktail Bar.
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.
Here are our favourite Koh Tao resorts for 2017. For more choices, click here to search all Koh Tao hotels.
8.3 Very Good
based on 787 Agoda reviews
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.
8.1 Very Good - based on 1153 Agoda reviews
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.
8.4 Very Good
based on 1696 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? On Sairee Beach. Walk to bars & restaurants. Free WiFi.
Located at the nicest end of Sairee Beach, about a 15-minute walk from the bars & restaurants, Koh Tao Cabana is one of the most popular hotels in this area. It is a 15-minute drive from Mae Haad Pier.
This great-value hotel 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 in public areas.
Guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments at the onsite Kajavari Spa. The beachfront restaurant serves seafood and Thai fusion dishes. There is also a bar for drinks and cocktails.
7.9 Good - based on 747 Agoda reviews
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. The resort also features a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar.
8.9 Very Good
based on 513 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Panoramic views. Private beach. Diving club. Free WiFi.
Luxury resort on the remote south side of Koh Tao with panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand. Jamahkiri offers 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.
8.9 Very Good - based on 74 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Well-equipped bungalows. Quiet area. Great value. Free WiFi.
La Cigale features 4 bungalow-styled rooms in lush tropical jungle on Sairee Beach with fantastic views. All units are spacious, private and equipped with microwave, fridge, TV/DVD and open-air bathroom.
The hotel has laundry service & dry cleaning, 24-hour room service and free WiFi in public areas. Very friendly and helpful staff.
8.1 Very Good - based on 115 Agoda reviews
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.
weekday 18:00 - 00:00
weekend 18:00 - 00:00
The first and only gay bar on Koh Tao, located on the popular Sairee Beach.
Trendy music. Friendly staff. Locals hang out here and tourists walk in for a drink and a chat. Open every day, from 7pm until midnight (closed Mondays).