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SAI DAENG BEACH KOH TAO – The Complete Guide

Sai Daeng beach is a very quiet beach with a well preserved coral reef. The beautiful beach is also a good starting point to get to Shark Island, the best Koh Tao snorkeling spot on the island. Sai Daeng beach is located at the Sai Daeng resort, so you can only access the beach via the stairs of the resort. But all visitors are welcome without any charge. Sai Daeng is for sure one of the best Koh Tao beaches. I highly recommend to check this one off your Koh Tao things to do list! Read in this complete guide everything you need to know about Sai Daeng beach Koh Tao!  

Best Koh Tao tours

If you want to explore Koh Tao then it is highly recommended to book your tour in advance. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

  • Thai Cooking Class Koh Tao. Rainy afternoon or just interested to learn Thai cooking? Then this activity is for you! In a small group you will learn how to cook Thai from a local expert. After cooking the dishes you will enjoy them and leftovers can be taken home.
  • Half Day fishing experience Koh Tao. Enjoy this private half day fishing tour around the waters of Koh Tao. Learn how to catch fish and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • PADI 4 day diving course Koh Tao. Get PADI certified during this 4 day scuba diving course. All lesson material, dives, equipment and the official certificate are included.
  • Half day snorkeling trip to hidden bays of Koh Tao. Start your morning at 8AM with snorkeling in some of the hidden bays of Koh Tao. You will visit Freedom Bay, Shark Bay, Aow Leuk Bay and Tao Thong Bay during this half day snorkel tour.
  • Private Photo Session with Local Photographer in Koh Tao. The perfect way to capture your solo trip, honeymoon, family vacation or couples photoshoot with 100% money back satisfaction guarantee on Koh Tao.
  • One day diving experience Koh Tao. If you don’t have your PADI certificate but you want to go diving in Koh Tao, then this is the tour for you. During this one time scuba diving experience you will explore the underwater world of Koh Tao at 12 meters depth.
  • Koh Nang Yuan snorkel day trip by speedboat. Explore the best snorkel spots around Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan during this half day snorkel trip. You can see many tropical fishes, turtles and maybe even black tip sharks!

How to get to Sai Daeng beach  

Sai Daeng Beach can be accessed through the Sai Daeng Beach Resort. There are signs pointing where to park you motorbike in front of the resort. There are no parking or entry fees to Sai Daeng Beach. After you have parked your scooter, you can follow the signs to the stairs and find your way down to the beach. 


What to expect at Sai Daeng beach

This beautiful secluded beach is part of a resort, so most of the visitors are guests of the resort itself. Via stairs you can enter the beach. There is enough shade provided by the trees and sun beds are available for rent. The beautiful beach stretches out for only 200 metres and is enclosed at both ends by massive rocks. You can see Shark Island from the beach, which is one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots. So if you’re into snorkeling or scuba diving you will have a lot of fun here! 


Things to do at Sai Daeng beach

There are several things to do at Sai Daeng beach, especially water sports! Kayaks and snorkeling sets are available to rent from the restaurant located down on Sai Daeng Beach. There you can also order a yummy breakfast or other snacks if you are hungry. We enjoyed a great little breakfast here we we head out early to explore this beach.


A nice little breakfast at Sai Daeng beach restaurant

You can visit Shark Island from this beach, paddling out with your kayak takes approximately 10-minutes in calm water. You can tie your kayak to a floating buoy close to Shark Island before jumping in the water for a snorkel. The good snorkelling spots are on the west and east end of Sai Daeng bay where there are various kinds of coral combined with rocks. You also have the chance to find blacktip reef sharks or sea turtles near Shark Island! I you’re into swimming, you can swim east around Cape Gong Sai Daeng to Hin Ngam Bay (which means beautiful rocks in Thai) where you will find beautiful big round shaped rocks underwater. With the many corals it makes it a very good snorkelling spot on Koh Tao, though be careful of the current around the cape!


You can see Shark Island in the back of the photo. The island almost looks like a shark fin sticking out of the water!

Koh Tao weather

The climate on Koh Tao is hot and humid for most of the year. The rainiest months are October, November and December, so it’s better to avoid these. The best moment to come to the Koh Tao is from January to April but the island is also enjoyable during the months of March until August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have the best weather of all Thai islands.

Where to stay on Koh Tao


The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers amazing one-bedroom villas in Koh Tao with an incredible view on the ocean located on the west coast of the island. We stayed at The Place for 2 nights and had the best time! You have complete privacy with your own dining area at the spacious terrace. A fully-equipped kitchen with a wide-range of cooking equipment. The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool with an amazing view on the mountain and sea wit sunset view. The bathroom is beautiful with details of plants and the living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Breakfast is not included but you can order at local restaurants and get it delivered to your door! This villa has so much privacy, we haven’t experienced before! All the reviews are amazing, so if you’re looking for one of the best Koh Tao hotels something really luxury and private, this is your fit! 

Prices start around €245 per night.


Mid Budget

Simple Life Cliff View Resort Koh Tao

Simple Life Cliff View Resort is located at the southern tip of Koh Tao’s Sairee Beach and offers luxury studios, 1 and 2 bedroom suites. The rooms with view on the swimming pool start around €65 per night wile the more luxury rooms with breathtaking view of Sairee Beach and the ocean start around €198 per night. This 3 star resort offers a private beach area, free Wifi and room service The cascading swimming pool runs through the centre of the resort and their restaurant serves fantastic Thai and international cuisine. A continental breakfast is daily available at the resort.

Prices start around €65 for the pool view rooms up to €198 per night for the sea view rooms.


The Ozo Koh Tao

Here you will enjoy a peaceful hillside location located in the south of the island. The cozy, comfortably furnished rooms offer a living space of 32 – 40 square meters and are equipped with all the necessities for a relaxing stay. The amenities available in the rooms include air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, safe, hot shower, tea and coffee, free WiFi and a private balcony or terrace. Some of the rooms also have a kitchenette with a microwave. The outdoor pool with sun loungers makes it perfect for a lazy afternoon. We stayed for a few days at the Ozo and it was a great budget deal!

Prices start around €33.

There are of course also even cheaper accommodations on Koh Tao, like hostels and guesthouses where you can stay for around €10 per night. Have a look at to find your perfect spot!

More Koh Tao travel inspiration

I hope you enjoyed this complete guide about Sai Daeng beach Koh Tao.

For more Koh Tao travel inspiration, head over to our other Thailand blog posts:

15 best things to do on Koh Tao

10 best Koh Tao beaches

7 best Koh Tao viewpoints – The Ultimate Guide

Freedom Beach – The Complete Guide

Shark Bay Koh Tao – The Complete Guide

Tanote Bay – The Complete Guide

Sairee Bay – The Complete Guide

Koh Nang Yuan – The Complete Guide

7 best Koh Tao snorkeling spots

For all best tips about Koh Phangan, head over to these blog posts:

Best things to do in Koh Phangan

The best beaches of Koh Phangan

Bottle Beach – The Complete Guide

Leela Beach – The Complete Guide

Secret Beach – The Complete Guide

Mae Haad Beach & Koh Ma island – The Complete Guide

Thong Sala Night Market – The Complete Guide

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One Comment

  1. Marjoleine says:

    Hi Ilse, how beautiful this secluded Sai Daeng beach looks. We would love to dive in this beautiful sea and have a little breakfast at Sai Daeng beach restaurant !

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