Sairee Beach is the main beach on Koh Tao. It is the longest beach on the island. It is protected from storms and has some of the best snorkelling on the island: just 100 meters offshore is a long stretch of coral reef with a great variety of marine life.
There's a good selection of accommodation on offer at Sairee Beach. Prices range from just 550 Thai Baht a night up to over 11,000 Thai Baht a night for luxury villas. The Rocks Luxury Villas has spacious air-con bungalows and a communal pool. Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort has a large pool and air-con bungalows with satellite TV and minibar. Koh Tao Star Villa has 2 self-contained apartments with separate living area and fully equipped kitchenette. At the other end of the accommodation spectrum, Lotus Resort and Khun Ying House have some of the cheapest bungalows on the island.
Many people come to Sairee Beach to dive or to learn how to dive. There are over 40 dive schools in Koh Tao and most of them have a shop on Sairee Beach. This makes it a great spot ot negotiate a discount. See the dive schools section for more information.
Sairee Beach is also great for those who just want to soak up the sun and cool off in the sea. At night there is a vibrant night life. Sairee is a west facing beach and so gets beautiful sunsets. Even if you don't want to dive there is still plenty of things to see and do on Sairee Beach and nearby.
The central and southern sections of Sairee Beach are where most of the bars and dive shops are located. The northern part tends to be less noisy at night. Popular bars on Sairee Beach include Lotus Bar and AC Party Bar. For something completely different there is the Queen's Cabaret. See the nightlife section for more details.
Click on the links below to find the best rates for accommodation on Sairee Beach. All prices include tax.
(Updated Jnauary 2013)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Khun Ying House 550 thb - 1,100 thb (low season); 650 thb - 1,250 thb (high season)
Lotus Resort 600 thb - 4,590 thb (low / high season)
Asia Resort Koh Tao 700 thb - 2,200 thb (low / high season) - breakfast included
Starting between 1,000 and 2,000 Thai Baht
Sairee Hut Resort 1,200 thb - 5,500 thb (high season); 1,500 thb - 5,900 (high season) - breakfast included
View Cliff Resort 1,200 thb - 2,100 thb (low season); 1,800 thb - 3,100 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Sairee Sairee Guest House 1,500 thb (low / high season)
Ban's Diving Resort 1,500 thb - 4,000 thb (low season); 3,000 thb - 5,000 thb (high season)
Wind Beach Resort 1,700 thb - 2,300 thb (low season); 2,300 thb - 2,900 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Sun Smile Lodge Koh Tao 1,410 thb - 1,650 thb (low season / high season)
Simple Life Resort 1,500 thb - 2,600 thb (low season); 1,900 thb - 3,400 (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included
Narakaan Boutique Hotel 1,690 thb - 2,775 thb (low season); 2,290 thb - 3,375 thb (high season)
Seashell Resort 1,950 thb - 3,350 thb (low season); 2,150 thb - 3,950 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Starting over 2,000 Thai Baht
Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort 2,300 thb - 9,290 thb (low season); 3,880 thb - 10,000 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Koh Tao Star Villa 3,000 thb - 11,500 thb (low season); 4,500 thb - 17,500 thb (high season) - breakfast included
The Rocks Luxury Villas 5,800 thb - 8,800 thb (low season); 6,900 thb - 9,900 (high season) - breakfast included