Sai Nuan, Ko Tao

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.

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.