Sai Nuan Beach is low-key one of the most unspoiled beaches in Koh Tao. Located on the south-west coastline of Koh Tao Island, this location is the perfect hideaway from the more popular Koh Tao beaches.
I have put together this ultimate guide to Sai Nuan Beach including where it’s located, how to get there, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS SAI NUAN BEACH KOH TAO?
Sai Nuan Beach is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub of Koh Tao.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get around Koh Tao is to rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day to explore all four corners of the island. There are dozens of scooter rental stores in and around town and most accommodations offer scooter rentals too.
This stunning beach has decent road access and when I visited there were no parking or entrance fees. It’s is a short 2-minute walk to the beach from the jump-off point.
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Beautiful shoreline at Sai Nuan
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THE 2 BEACHES AT SAI NUAN
There are actually two beaches to be explored at this location.
If you happen to park in the first car park on the left-had side at the end of the road, follow the walking trail down from here and you will emerge on Sai Nuan Beach 2.
To get to Sai Nuan Beach 1, follow the shoreline around the corner, walk through the restaurant beneath the palms and you will arrive in less than 2-minutes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I visited around 2 pm one afternoon and I was stoked to have discovered this tropical paradise that is isolated from the more touristy Koh Tao beaches.
I first arrived on beach number 2 and took some photos of the beach and seaside restaurant before following the shoreline around to beach number 1.
Beach number 1 is my favorite pick of the two beaches because of the awesome tropical vibe about it.
A cozy bay is shaded by a coconut palm tree forest with a slackline and a tree swing between the palms! Sounds fun right?!
It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a day out with friends and family to soak up some sun, snorkel around the rocks, and beach bum while listening to the sounds of the waves and coral wind chimes about.
A small cove at Sai Nuan
The tree swing
WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO
Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao
I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi, and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, work desk, private bathroom, and balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort
Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services, and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom, and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends, and families.
Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends, and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and within walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers, and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.
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AIRBNB KOH TAO
Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on the island.
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