Welcome to Koh Tao’s main backpacker beach and our beautiful home, Sairee. Stetching 1.85km up the west coast of the island Sairee is a backpacker paradise, beautiful white sand, crystal clear oceans and an array of restaurants and bars make Sairee the place to stay on Koh Tao.
The best part? Our dive center, accommodation, beach bar and massage parlour are all situated right in the center of it making sure you will never get bored on the island.
The famous Koh Tao Sunset
After a long days diving we meet in our beach bar to witness this spectacular daily event. There really isn’t anything quite like it!
About Koh Tao
Once the baby of the Samui–Pha-Ngan–Tao trio, Ko Tao may still be the smallest in size but in many other ways it’s grown up. The island is consistently gaining popularity and going more upscale, but for now this jungle-topped cutie has the busy vibe of Samui mixed with the laid-back nature of Pha-Ngan. But Tao also has its wild card, something the others don’t: easy-to-get-to, diverse diving right off its shores. Cavort with sharks and rays in a playground of tangled neon coral, toast the day with sunset cocktails on a white beach then get up and do it all over again the next day. But even while the island may be synonymous with diving, there is much more to the place. Hikers and hermits can re-enact an episode from Lost in the dripping coastal jungles. And when you’re Robinson Crusoe-ed out, hit the pumpin’ bar scene that rages on until dawn.
Getting to Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a little more difficult to get to than some of the other islands around Thailand. There are several options open to travel here but nothing as easy as a direct flight.
Listing in order of ease/time here are the main options available.
1) Flight to Koh Samui and then ferry to Koh Tao, the most expensive method, but the quickest and easiest. Most of the ferry services from Koh Samui are in the morning. However, there is an additional ferry at 5pm from Nathon pier (Lomprayah).
2) Flight to Chumphon, then bus to pier then ferry to Koh Tao. Nok Air fly from Don Muang airport in Bangkok. You can buy a combination ticket that covers all aspects of the journey.
3) Flight to Surat Thani, then bus to pier and ferry to Koh Tao. Surat Thani is south of Koh Tao and mainly serves Koh Samui. Due to flight arrival times and the added time of the ferry journey this route takes longer than the other flights mentioned.
4) Bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao. Lomprayah, offers a coach service with departure from Bangkok Khao San Road to Chumphon Pier taking about 8 hours. Then transfer to their High Speed Catamaran taking another 1.5 – 2 hours to Koh Tao Mae Haad Pier. So total journey takes about 10 hours. It is an air conditioned bus and high speed ferry, and does offer value for money.
5) Train from Bangkok to Chumphon, then bus and ferry to Koh Tao. This option is mostly used during the night, when sleeper trains offer safe reliable travel whilst not using a day of your holiday up and also saving the cost of one nights accommodation.