Sai Nuan beach is our favorite Koh Tao beach because it is so unspoiled and feels like the perfect hide away from the tourist crowds. Not many people go here, or know this place. Sai Nuan beach actually consists of two beaches, Sai Nuan 1 and Sai Nuan 2. The number two Sai Nuan beach is a bit ‘hidden’, but in this blog post you will find all the information you need about Sai Nuan beach 1 & 2 Koh Tao!
How to get to Sai Nuan Beach Koh Tao
Located on the southwest coast, you are only 10 minutes away from the more crowded Sairee beach which is the main tourist area of the island. But at Sai Nuan Beach you’re in such a different environment. There is a completely different vibe, as if time stood still. The road access towards Sai Nuan Beach is good and there is no fee for parking or an entrance fee to the beach.
What to expect at Sai Nuan Beach Koh Tao
This lovely hideaway spot with its unspoiled beach of fine white sand and shallow turquoise water feels so peaceful and reminiscent. People even say that the atmosphere of Sai Nuan Beach reminds them of the early tourism days of Koh Tao in the 80’s and 90’s.
Tucked away under the hills of Koh Tao’s west coast, you will find this cozy bay shaded by coconut palm tree forest. Because this bay isn’t that popular under tourists, you might even have the chance to get this beautiful bay completely for yourself! There are a few restaurants where you can have a snack and a drink. And at Sai Nuan beach 2 is a resort located, but it is allowed for outside visitors to relax on their beach.
Things to do at Sai Nuan Beach Koh Tao
There is not much more to do at Sai Nuan beach except chilling, sunbathing, swimming and a bit of snorkeling! For the daredevils, there is even a spot to go cliff jumping! It’s a bit hard to explain, the. Cliff jump spot is located at beach 2, the resort beach, and you have to go to the left side of the bay. If you climb the outside rock, you will see where you can jump.
There is lots to see as soon as you enter the water here, particularly around the rocks. Swim out to the two groups of boulders which are very close to Sai Nuan Beach 2. They are easy to spot as the top of the boulders stand about 2 metres out of the water. The marine life here is home to many fish including orange spine unicornfish, batfish, harlequin sweetlips, giant grouper, schools of yellowtail barracuda, threadfin and butterflyfish. Green turtles have been spotted here too!
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 avoid these months. 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 havent experienced before!
Prices start around €245 per night.
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 making facilities, free WiFi Internet and a private balcony or terrace from where you can enjoy views of the pool and mountains. 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.
Of course there are also even cheaper accommodations on Koh Tao, like hostels and guesthouses where you can stay for around €10 per night. Have a look at booking.com to find your perfect spot!
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