Chalok Baan Kao
Chalok Baan Kao is the most popular beach in the south of Koh Tao and the area of Chalok Baan Kao is the third biggest on the island after Mae Haad and Sairee beach. Although the beach at Chalok Baan Kao is very shallow and the bottom often muddy instead of sandy it is a great base from which to explore Koh Tao: there are better beaches you can walk to or you can take a longtail boat to farther away beaches.
Nearby are the beautiful beaches of Haad Sal Chao, Ao Taa Toh and Freedom Beach
Chalok Baan Kao strikes a good balance between convenience and peace and quiet. It is a peaceful beach, but there are local restaurants, ATM machines, beach bars and shops. There is also a good range of accommodation on Chalok Baan Kao suitable for people on all budgets. The cheapest option is the dormitory at Namhasin House (see below).
There are also, of course, dive schools.
Click on the links below to find the best rates for accommodation in Chalok Baan Tao. All prices include tax.
(Updated March 2016)
Namhasin House 250 thb (dorm bed) - 1,200 thb (low season); 300 thb - 1,800 thb (high season)
Koh Tao Toscana Resort 1,000 thb - 1,400 thb (low season); 1,690 thb - 1,990 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Sunshine Beach Resort 1,500 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 1,500 - 2,800 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Chintakiri Resort 2,300 thb - 5,500 thb (low season); 3,100 thb - 7,200 thb (high season)