Sai Nuan, Ko Tao

BEACH
Sai Nuan is nice beach on Ko Tao surrounded by palm trees, grove and grass fields. The beach has bright white sand, although at high tide there is not much sand left. Rocks divide the beach is divided in 2 parts; we found the northern part more intimate, and thus more pleasant. The 2 beaches are connected by a short walk. A short walk will take you from one beach to the other.

Sai Nuan is perfect for snorkeling, as there is a great diversity of fish swimming around. Good snorkeling spots are at the rocks sticking out of the water right opposite the beach and at the rocks between the 2 beaches. Days can easily be spent relaxing in the hammock of the bungalow where you can enjoy the sound of the waves.

WHERE TO STAY
Tao Thong Villa 1 and Siam Cookies Bungalow are both budget options. The simple bungalows are a little overpriced in high season, but both locations are a good place to stay if luxury is not a must for you and if you’re looking for the real ‘travelers’ vibe.

All stays mentioned have a restaurant, but there are some other places to eat as well. The Banana Rock Bar is the place to be when you want to go for a drink during sunset.

From the main pier in Mae Hat Bay, it is 4 kilometers to Sai Nuan. You have to pay between 300-500 baht for a private taxi. If you are lucky enough, you can often get there in a shared taxi for 100 baht per person. It is good to know that the last part of the road is steep.

ISLAND
Ko Tao, often referred to as “Turtle Island,” is a small and picturesque island located in the Gulf of Thailand. Ko Tao is not that big, and we still found some relaxing beaches where you can escape the crowds for a while. However, this place gets busier every year, so the beaches change with it.

WHAT TO DO
Ko Tao is known as a diver’s paradise and as one of the better snorkeling locations. The diving conditions are good compared to most other places in Thailand. Arriving on the west coast, we immediately felt a ‘diverse vibe’: a real tourist center with many dive shops, and bars to drink and socialize at after a day at sea. You find many diving schools, making it a good location to get your diving certification. Here, there is certainly no shortage of options for beach and snorkeling enthusiasts.

In addition to underwater attractions, Ko Tao has hiking trails and lush tropical forests. You can explore the ts , hills, coconut plantations and lush interior areas. A walk through this green landscape on the way to one of the viewpoints is a beautiful excursion. Of course, you can also take cooking, boxing and yoga classes on the island.

Be sure to visit Ko Nang Yuan, one of the most photographed islands in Thailand. This highlight consists of three islands that are connected by pure white sandbanks, a great place to sunbathe. It is recommended to go to the Ko Nang Yuan Viewpoint and enjoy the beautiful sights.

TRANSPORT
The easiest way to reach Ko Tao is via Chumphon. This town has good bus connections to all of the surrounding bigger cities. From Bangkok there is a good connection by train, bus or plane. Airasia operate flights to Chumphon. It is 60 kilometers from the airport and 25 kilometers from town to the Lomprayah Pier with a good ferry link to Ko Samui and Ko Phangan. For this, check the boat schedules online.

It is easy to rent scooters on the island.