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SAI NUAN BEACH KOH TAO – The Complete Guide

Sai Nuan beach is one of our favorite Koh Tao beaches because it is so unspoiled and feels like the perfect hide away from the tourist crowds. Not many people go here, or know this beach. But it honestly is some of the best kept secrets of Koh Tao island. With a beach bar and even two little beaches to explore, Sai Nuan beach has everything for the peace seekers. Sai Nuan beach 1 and Sai Nuan beach 2 are both two stunning little beaches. But number two Sai Nuan beach is even more of a ‘hidden gem’. In this blog post you will find all the information you need to know about Sai Nuan beach 1 & 2 on 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 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

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.


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. The two beaches are perfectly located in a cove which makes the water calm and great for swimming. 


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.


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 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 to find your perfect spot!

More Koh Tao travel inspiration

Read more about Koh Tao, Thailand, in these blog posts:

Best things to do in Koh Tao – The Ultimate Guide

10 best beaches in Koh Tao – The Complete Guide

Best snorkeling spots Koh Tao

Koh Tao viewpoints – The Ultimate Guide

Koh Nang Yuan – The Complete Guide

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

6 best hikes in Koh Phangan

Thong Sala Night Market – The Complete Guide

Is your plan to travel to Koh Samui? Then read this blog for all the best things to do in Koh Samui

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  1. Hi Ilse, thank you for sharing this hidden secret with us. Sai Nuan Beach at Koh Tao looks unspoiled and beautiful.

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