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Southern beaches of Koh Tao

Southern Beaches
The southern coast of Koh Tao is made up of two large bays, Ao Chaloak Ban Kao and Ao Tian Oak, which are separated by a long peninsular. A paved road from Had Mae Had, the island’s gateway on the west coast, makes it possible to get to the southern beaches by taxi-bus, motorcycle or by boat.
Of all the beaches on the south coast, Ao Chaloak Ban Kao is the largest. Other beaches including Tian Oak Bay and the smaller ones are accessible by foot from Chaloak Ban Kao Bay.

Some of the beaches have small bungalows and moderately priced resorts, along with restaurants, night-bars, tour counter services, and dive schools. Beaches in this area are not as busy as those in the western side, so tourists are able to maintain a degree of privacy, while relaxing in peaceful and quiet surroundings.

Chaloak Ban Kao Bay (Ao Chaloak Ban Kao)
From Had Sai Ree and Had Mae Had on the west coast, the main road cuts across the hills to Ao Chaloak Ban Kao in the south, so it’s possible to go directly to the beach area by taxi-bus or motorcycle. Chaloak Ban Kao Bay has the biggest beach in the south and become the central point for all southern beaches with plenty of accommodation, restaurants, beach-bars and other facilities and services. Yet, it’s possible to go directly to the beach area by taxi-bus

The beach at Ao Chaloak Ban Kao is curved with headlands at either end protecting a particularly calm and safe bay for swimming. The long, white sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing or for taking a stroll. Tourists can walk to viewpoints on the hill. The path to one viewpoint starts at the rear of the Koh Tao Resort. There is a great view of the entire area from the balcony of Marina restaurant overlooking Ao Chaloak Ban Kao, Ao Kul Jeua to the west, and Had Ta Toh to the south. On a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Ang Thong Marine Park. Also, quite stunning sunsets can be viewed from this vantage point.

Being the second-largest residential area on the island after Had Mae Had, it isn’t hard to find different grades of accommodation, restaurants, Internet services, and dive-tour agencies along the beach. However, the overall atmosphere is relatively quiet and peaceful compared with Had Sai Ree or Had Mae Had.

San Chao Beach (Had San Chao)
The southwestern tip of Koh Tao, Had San Chao is a small peaceful beach with rocks at either end, but the central part is sandy and safe for swimming. From the beach tourists get a good view of the tip of Ta Toh Cape and the spectacular scenery of Chaloak Ban Kao Bay.

From Had Mae Had tourists can take a taxi-bus along the paved road to Chaloak Ban Kao, and then walk along a beach and across a small bridge to Had San Chao. Alternatively, hire a motorboat from Had Mae Had directly to the beach.

Most of accommodation, restaurants and bars here can be found along the beachfront, mostly at the foot of the hills.

Tian Oak Beach (Had Tian Oak)
Another attractive beach on southern part of Koh Tao, Tian Oak Bay has a curved sandy beach with some 300 meters in length. The sand is clean and white and coconut trees provide some shade from the sun. Since Tian Oak Beach is a private beach that belongs to Koh Tao Resort, the environment remains quiet and peaceful.

Shark sightings are not uncommon at Tian Oak Bay. Just a short swim from the beach and you come upon lots of harmless sharks, up to a meter in length, giving this place the name “Shark Point”. You can rent sun beds and diving equipment or just sip your favourite drink from a

There are a number of spots to take in the scenery at Ao Tian Oak, for example from the restaurant of New Heaven Bungalow, a hillside resort, which has views of the entire bay as well as Sai Daeng Beach and Koh Chalarm. Tourists at the John-Suwan viewpoint can also see Tian Oak Bay and Chaloak Ban Kao Bay at the same time. Another good spot to view Ao Tian Oak is along the road and uphill from Chaloak clinic towards Jamakhiri Spa and Resort.