KOH TAO
As boutique resorts become the new buzz in discerning travelers guide. Why not head to a boutique island; as Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is shaping up to be just that. Its small size and relative anonymity until the last ten years made it a well kept secret over the early nineties when most of the unscrupulous developing was carried out on Samui and to a lesser extent on Phangan. It had time (and the money – diving bought well needed cash to the island) to develop at a decent pace and the result is an ultra chic scene with a great independent vibe.

Resorts surrounded in jungle harmonies with boulder filled tropical landscapes whilst offering a surprisingly high level of accommodation, eating and nightlife options. The amazing diving that has made the island famous over the last decade raised the standards in resorts and restaurants, so much so that on a walk down Mae Haad main street, you could experience cuisine from over 10 nationalities at everything from a street vendor stall to a contemporary modern restaurant-come-dance music club!

Another great thing about the island’s small size and remoteness is that it has kept away the hoards, appealing to a more independent type of traveler, thus there are still plenty of old bamboo bungalows to be found in amongst the A/C palaces and the Southern Thai island vibe is as strong as it ever was, making the place seem like time just stops there; unless there’s a cock fight or beach BBQ going down! That said the nightlife on Tao is definitely some of the best in South Thailand, with excellent established venues, quality sound systems and the cream of the Gulf’s DJs, visiting or holding residencies.

So whether you want to dive at some of Asia’s best sites, chill out on a deserted beach or wine, dine & party the night away in unique stylish venue – the Turtle can provide it all; and if you stay there for a while you get to realize that Tao has had that boutique vibe long enough to have invented it!

How to get there... You can either buy a joint bus/boat ticket from any travel agency to Koh Tao. Or you can fly to Samui and take the boat from there to Koh Tao. Please note that the last boat from Samui to Koh Tao leaves at 12:30 pm. island from several different destinations.

Facilities... Boat and pick up taxis go to all parts of the island. Many shops on the island provide internet, phone and fax service. There are also a good number of banks and agencies that can exchange traveler's cheques and foreign currency and several ATM on Koh Tao. Most retailers accept VISA, Master Card and American Express; however, they do charge tax.

Restaurants... All around the island you'll find mouth watering culinary delights. No matter what you're craving - Indian, Swedish, Italian, Thai or middle eastern - you can find it all on Koh Tao.

Activities... Koh Tao offer it all : go hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or snorkeling. See the Black Tip Reef sharks, go around the island or join a boattrip to Ang Thong Marine Park. And if you're feeling more daring, then try out water-skiing, wakeboarding, tyre rides and Sumo rides. Sign up for Muay Thai boxing lessons or go rock climbing. And new to the island is mini golf and island style bowling.

Volunteers are always appreciated and welcome at the local public school and at the non profit animal clinic. And in the end : relax on the beach or soothe your body with a Thai massage or yoga sessions.

Diving... Diving is possible year round with peak seasons tending to be around March, April and again from June to September. During these time visibility can reach up to 30 meters. The monsoon season in the Gulf of Thailand starts in November and goes until about January. Though it is typically rainy only in November, diving is still possible. Whale sharks, Minke Whales, pilot whales and Bruda Whales have been spotted around Koh Tao during these months.

Accommodation
Koh Tao caters for all budgets with the majority of accommodation on the established beaches of Sairee beach, Mae Haad and Chaloke Baan Kao. If you want something more remote head to Hin Wong or Lighthouse Bay; and if you want to go back to your roots, Tanote Bay is best reached by boat. Au Leuk has three simple resorts with no luxury and Haad Sai Daeng beach has excellent beach diving and views / dive trips over Shark Island.

Booking ahead is advised if you want to guarantee getting the room you want with prices running from 150 – 200 THB for a bamboo hut to 450 – 600 THB for a standard fan bungalow and 2,000 up for a decent A/C bungalow. Power is very expensive on Tao and may resorts have to produce their own – please respect that and conserve as much water and power as possible; and don’t be surprised if the generator goes off at 11pm every night!... Koh Tao Accommodation...Click here

 

 

Diving on Koh Tao
Koh Tao has become a must do on any serious divers itinerary and it is also an excellent place for the uninitiated to have a first taste; with safe “sample dives” that can be accomplished in one afternoon, PADI approved Open Water Diver courses and every other course imaginable including Instructor. The quality is high with excellent safety standards and hyperbolic services available for incidents, professional instructors who speak every language under the sun, the clearest water in the Gulf and more top ranking dive sites than the island has beaches!

Many people who move beyond the shores of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui find that Koh Tao offers wonderful resorts, fantastic diving, beautiful views and a variety of restaurants serving excellent cuisine.

Koh Tao, initially home to large sea turtles and occasional fishermen, has now developed over the past 10-15 years as one of Thailand's premier tourist destinations. Loval business owners are now providing many goods and services that will make for a pleasurable holiday.

Now more than ever it is easier to get to Koh Tao via one of the Lomprayah high speed ferry catamaran boats , Seatran Discovery Link. Travelers can arrive from one of the neighboring islands, or from Bangkok, at a very reasonable cost and in a short period of time.

Diving in and around Koh Tao's beautiful coral reefs is one of the real driving forces behind the island's development. From the beginner to the advanced all divers will be happy with their experience. Koh Tao also offers a wide range of accommodation to fit any budget.

Traveling around the island to visit other beaches and bays can be adventurous to say the least. Just off the main concrete road drivers will encounter dirt roads (sometimes washed away) potholes and sharp curves covered in sand. Pick-ups and taxies can be found almost everywhere but remember to always ask the price before you go anywhere. Renting motorbikes can be a fun way to see the island but if you are not a very experienced driver it may cost you many thousands of baht for minor damages.

The dining and evening social hours in Koh Tao are extremely fun. Try taking part in a happy hour BBQ on the beach.

Or relax with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail in one of the trendy night spots listening to the sounds of international DJ's. Koh Tao also has its share of pubs with pool tables, darts and live music.

Koh Tao welcomes all to come and enjoy the beauty of the island, but please help us by conserving the natural resources. Use only the water you need and make sure taps are turend off. Be careful around the coral reef they take hundreds of years to grow back and please keep it clean...

 

Adventure & Activities
Although famous for the excellent diving, Koh Tao has loads to keep even the biggest landlubber happy. There are walks to viewpoints and some tougher treks into the jungle (don’t be foolish and attempt trekking in the jungle without a guide – it is very easy to get lost and very hard to find your way out). There is everything to heal the mind, body and soul; from Yoga, Meditation, Cooking and Massage courses to Colonic Irrigation and Detoxifying programs, There is rock climbing and mountain biking for those who take their thrills jumping off hills or there is the Taonian practice of Hammocking where you do as little as humanly possible. Then of course there are marine activities like snorkeling, fishing, boat trips, visits to islands such as Ang Thong Nation Marine park and nearby Koh Nang Yuan island – the worlds only three island’s connected by three coral beaches!

Mae Haad Town
Is the main town and transport hub of the island – it also happens to be a rather nice beach.Mae Haad Town - Koh Tao It has blossomed into an interesting melee’ of ancient and modern with traditional Thai shop-houses next to contemporary East-Meets west architecture. Apart from all the important bits like the pier, health center, Government Office, travel agents, all the Dive Schools, Post Office, shops etc. there are numerous great restaurants, loads of bars and some of the island’s best clubs and party venues on the main stretch of Mae Haad, whilst the serene southern end hosts some high end resorts.

Ten minutes walk away is Sairee Beach, the longest and most poplar beach on the island – which is like Mae Haad with the important bits removed – great bars, great restaurants, great resorts, great dive schools and 1.7 Km of pristine white sand. It has an excellent view of Koh Nang Yuan islands whilst nearby is a historical heritage site where King Rama V made an inscription in 1899; there are some great jungle walks and the School, Temple, Fishery Museum and Police Station on the road to Mae Haad.

Restaurants, Bars & Clubs
Koh Tao has a very sophisticated bar and restaurant scene with a stunning amount of choice at a quality surprisingly high for such a remote place, with all kitchens around the island setting pretty high standards and a vast choice of bars venues; from beach shacks to open air dance arenas. Mae Haad and Sairee beach have the greatest choice of restaurants, bars and clubs; though most bigger beach bars have a dance floor and any night can end up a party night! Check out flyers and posters for the big events.

Thing to Do on Koh Tao... Diving, diving and more diving... Ok ok... For those who are looking for something other than diving, Koh Tao offers a variety of other activities around the island.

Healthy : Muay-Thai boxing : There are a few fights ever week where you can go watch the competition, or visit the island's boxing and fitness gym and try it for yourself. Koh Tao also offers a variety of Yoga, Thai Chi, Chi Gong and Reike courses.

Wet : Enjoy deep sea fishing for the big fish, rent a canoe or kayak and float around the clear blue waters. Or charter a long tail boat and its captain and go for an afternoon of beach hopping around the island or the neighboring island of Nang Yuan.

Pissed : Start out your night by checking out the local pubs and the chic lounges around the island. Almost every night there is at least one late night party spot that will be pumping long into the night (you can forget about diving the next day!!)

Eating : When it comes to eating the phrase, "up to you" has never been so true!! Enjoy the finest culinary dishes from around the world. And for those who like their sweets there are several great bakeries to visit.

Shopping : You can find a variety of hand crafted items made from ceramics, sea shells, coconuts, semi precious stones and silver. Retailers also offer quality imported products with and brand name items.

Games : For those looking for something non-diving related, check out the island's bowling and mini-golf, extreme jungle warfare at the paint ball center, or mountain biking and trekking throughout the island. These are great activities for everyone (especially those of you who crashed your stupid motorbike and got all cut up and now can't go in the water).

History of Koh Tao... During pacific war, the Thai government built a prison camp for normal and political prisoners on Koh Tao. When the political prisoner arrived, the large water tank collapsed so they had to survive with the scarce of water. During the first months the director of the camp treated the political prisoners well, all political prisoners were allowed to walk out of the camp and make a living by fishing and get some kind of vegetables to feed their own.

The director of the penitentiary department thought that it was too dangerous to free the political prisoners like that. He ordered that the political prisoners must must be in prison cell at night and must be in the permitted area during the day. Therefore, the political prisoners got no chance to get some sea food or vegetables.

They ate scarcetic meals with no food nutritions from prison supply and had to resist attacks from malaria. But the most suffering thing was that they rarely got letters and package from their familie. All communications were with difficulties and the supply ship went to Koh Tao only once a month.

The prison did offer medicine at very expensive price or not curing them at all. All supply and money sent to the prisoners was mostly lost along the distance. Though it was illegal, they also had to work in the field like they were ordinary prisoners.

In the year 1943, the political prisoners worked so hard out in the sun and rain that six of them died during 6 weeks time. All the political prisoners had to beware of health and to cure themselves. The lack of drug made each other find his own way to survive. Some took the medicine little by little - not enough to cure at normal time or relieve while they are on serious stage.

Until one day, while waiting for the hard time to pass, there was a change in politics : the government of Jompol Plag Pibulsongkram was driven out by vote in parliament in building the Na-khon Petchboon into capital city and to build Buddha Buri at Saraburi. The new government asked for mercy from his Majesty to forgive those political prisoners.

Finally, on 20. October 1944, the political prisoners were free to go back to their families.

 

  In the beginning.

KOH TAO, little more than 21 Km2, is located about 70 km. east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumphon, in the Gulf of Thailand.

 

Koh Tao means Turtle Island, because in the past the waters in the area were rich with sea turtles, nowadays they have mostly moved on to other breeding grounds.



Initially the island was not inhabited, there was only the occasional fisherman from the neighboring islands, looking for shelter in a storm or just taking a break before continuing his tiresome journey.

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On June 18, 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited Koh Tao and left as evidence his monogram on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach. This place is worshipped even today and should be treated with respect.


From 1933 on the island was used as a political prison. In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, prime minister at the time, pleaded and received a royal pardon for all prisoners on the island. Everybody was taken to the Suratthani shore and the "Turtle" was abandoned again.

But not for long…
In the same year Khun Ueam and his twin brother khun Oh reached Koh Tao from the neighboring Koh Phangan by trying out their traditional sail boat, for that time a quite long and dangerous journey.


Even though the island was still under royal patronage, it didn't stop these pioneers claiming themselves a good part of the land on today's Sairee Beach.
Having brought their families over, they began to cultivate and harvest the excellent soil.

The first generation of today's community had settled!
They lived a very simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing and growing vegetables, which were also traded with Koh Phangan.

Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population then grew steadily.
In the eighties the first travelers discovered the island paradise and their special "backpacker-network" quickly made it widely known and a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Koh Tao.

During the past ten years the reputation of Turtle Island's natural beauty, especially its marine life and coral reefs, has spread the world over and the number of paradise seekers increased rapidly.


It soon became one of the major dive sites in Thailand, attracting beginners and professionals alike.

The local businesses expanded immediately to catch up with the needs of the new clientele. The island today, though still remaining an absolute paradise, caters for all tastes and budgets.

 

 

Getting around.

Koh Tao has one major concrete road which connects the north end of Sairee with Chalok Baan Kao in the south, while passing the main village Mae Haad in the middle.

There is an increasing amount of small concrete roads leading to the other beaches and bays. Ever where else you will find more or less accessible dirt tracks, most of which will challenge even a skilled driver.

Steep trails, sharp curves, sand and grit, potholes, washed out tracks and the occasional dropping coconut demand mindful driving and fast reactions.

Vehicles in Thailand drive usually on the left, but traffic rules are often freely interpreted, speed limits are not observed and suicidal dogs prefer sleeping on the roads, which are often narrow. You must always be prepared to make room for the occasional moving or still obstacle.

Yet, it is not as bad as it seems, as long as you drive carefully and remember that an accident will hurt body and budget as well. Motorcycles can be rented from 150 B, Jeeps from 1000 B, the deposit of a passport is required.

However there are many other options of getting around:

Pick-up and Motorbike Taxis
These can be found parked in busy areas, or can be stopped at the roadside. They run from early morning until 11 p.m. Please be aware that taxi fares can vary and even double after darkness.

Always discuss the cost before the ride, not after. Basically the fares start with a minimum fee for one or more persons and then increase per additional customer.


Guideline
From Mae Haad to
Sairee or Chalok Baan Kao: 1-2 pers. 60B/ +30B pers.
Tanote or Hin Wong: 1-4 pers 200B/ +50B pers.
Ao Leuk or Thian Og: 1-2 pers. 100B/ +50B pers.

From Sairee to:
Chalok Baan Kao: 1-2 pers. 100B/ +50B pers.
Ao Leuk: 1-2 pers. 160B/ +80B pers.


Boat Taxis
The colorful, traditional Long Tail Boats take you conveniently and quickly to stunning remote beaches and secluded bays.

You can find them at all the main beaches, they can be chartered for a short trip or a day tour.

Prices are quite consistent and reasonable: trips from Mae Haad
To Chalok Baan Kao: 150B per person
To Nang Yuan: 1-2 persons 100 B
To Tanote Nay: 1-3 persons 300B
Around the island: 1-4 pers. 1000B

Biking and Trekking
There are mountain bikes for rent around the island, which are not only cheaper than motorbikes, but will also help to protect the environment.

However, to discover the real beauty of Koh Tao, travel on foot.
If you are not afraid of exercise and enjoy a bit of excitement, you will be rewarded with the experience of the rich variety of the jungle, a cool swim in a lonely bay, a fantastic view over cliffs in the surf or a spectacular panorama from a mountain top.

An excursion like this can be very demanding and tiresome, so leave prepared: drinking water, sun block, mosquito repellent, tight shoes and a hat are essential and please don't go alone, like in diving, a buddy can be a life saver and besides, it's more fun.

 

 

Places to stay.

There is a huge variety of accommodation for every budget in Koh Tao. Most of the resorts are located on the main beaches Sairee, Mae Haad & Chalok Baan Kao.

Room rates start from 150 Baht for simple huts (public toilet and no electricity) and reach up to several thousand Baht for real luxury villas with all western amenities. The average bungalow with a fan and shower/toilet inside will be around 400 Baht, double that for air-con rooms.

Prices will change with the season. Beachfront is usually more expensive. Not all resorts supply 24hr electricity, many use their own generators from 6pm-6am and around midday, if that's not convenient for you, better double check when booking.

Peak seasons are from December to March and July to August. Then and during Thai holidays like Songkran, the island can actually be booked out. Check on rooms before arrival by phone or email. Also on-line booking is getting very popular.

Some dive resorts won't accommodate non-divers, but in low season exceptions can be made.


Sairee Beach
Sairee's with sandy beach stretches about 1.7km over most of the west coast, interrupted only by a few huge boulders. Mae Haad is only a 10 min walk away.

Being the most popular area on Tao, Sairee offers a huge range of accommodation, dive centers, restaurants, shops, beach bars, travel & email services, nurseries, etc. You also find here the Fishery Museum, the Rama V rock and on the way to Mae Haad the police station, the public school and the temple.

Mae Haad
All boats arrive here. Naturally highly developed, but still managing to keep some of its old fishing village charm, Money exchange, post office, government office & health center are here, as well as offices for most of the dive centers. Lots of travel agents, email services, bike rentals, supermarkets, restaurants and night spots. A few budget and up market resorts are located on the southern end.

Chalok Baan Kao
Third largest beach, located on the southern coast facing Phangan and Samui. Much quieter than Sairee, but offers a similar variety of accommodation, eateries and nightlife. It is beautifully framed by Taa Toh lagoon to the east and Saan Jao beach to the west. The rock formation at cape Taa Toh resembles a sitting Buddha, this is best to be seen from the view point opposite.

Tanote Bay
Well preserved, secluded bay with excellent snorkeling, 5 laid-back resorts, incl. a dive resort & water sport center with kayaks & water ski, as well as a German dive school.

Jansom Bay
Private bay with an exclusive, beautiful up market resort and a budget bungalow. Only a 10 min walk fro Mae Haad.

Sai Nuan Beach
After Jansom bay, reached by foot or better by longtail, one resort, laid-back atmosphere, ideal for nature lovers.

Cape Jeda Gang
South-west coast, taxi boat recommended, one resort, simple huts & solid bungalows. Can't get it more private.

June Juea Beach
South-west coast, best reached by foot or longtail, two simple, small resorts, a real getaway.

Hin Wong Bay
North-east coast, abundant coral reefs in a natural pool, four small hillside resorts and one diving school.

Laem Thian
Between Tanote & Hin Wong, a private cape with a small bay, excellent snorkeling and a lovely little resort. A remote refuge with free pick up service. Highly recommended.

Ao Leuk
On the way to Tanote bay, one of the most beautiful beaches. You can swim or just sit in crystal clear water surrounded by fish. Three small, simple resorts in a breathtaking surrounding. No luxury.

Thian Og Bay
Next Chalok Baan Kao. Huge private bay, one resort and a hillside spa/restaurant at the eastside; a hilltop restaurant/bakery and bungalows at the west. Reef sharks.

Sai Daeng Beach
Two resorts and a dive school nestled in an idyllic bay & a sandy beach, closest to one of Tao's prime dive & snorkel sites : Shark Island. Best reached by boat or 4-wheel.

 

 

Going shopping.

Don't be afraid, there might be a few western luxury items missing, but the essentials can be found everywhere around the island. Supermarkets are open from early morning until late night. But that's not all!

From scuba dive & snorkel equipment to stylish, unique beach wear, there are a lot of shops offering quality and brand products for bargain prices.

Original ethnic souvenirs made from ceramic, coconut, shells or bamboo and unique jewellery made from silver, leather, beads and precious stones are offered in several shops as well as from vendors at the roadside.

There are also lots of little stores that seem to be specializing in only one thing: to have ever thing! Hawaii shirts, sarongs, hammocks, postcards, coconut oil, flip flops, fire crackers, the list is endless. Just look around and you are sure to find something you really need right now.

There are plenty of second hand bookshops and now even imported/reference titles available for rental.

Except in the big stores prices are open for discussion, as long as you stay friendly and reasonable.

 

 

Enjoying food.

Only a few years ago the culinary scene in Koh Tao was rather basic. Classic Thai dishes together with little western additions like American breakfast, pancakes, sandwiches and French fries have been on the daily menu.

Nowadays caterers and cooks from all nations have settled and extended the food variety. Lots of excellent restaurants offer culinary delights from all over the world.

You can get pizza, homemade pasta, smoked salmon, sushi, enchiladas, sausages, imported steaks, English pies, fresh bread & pastry as well as draught & imported beers, wines, fabulous cocktails, nothing is missing.

Fresh markets offer all sorts of tropical fruit and also prepare them on the spot to a shake of your choice.

With all this foreign dishes on offer you should never forget where you are. Authentic Thai food can be sampled everywhere, from street stalls & nightly grills to Thai kitchens and Seafood restaurants.

Savoring a zesty Thai curry, a BBQ fish and a coconut rum shake on the beach will make your holiday complete.

Enjoy your mea!!


Recommended Restaurants

ALIOLI Tapas Bar - Mae Haad - main road - opp. Post office
The lively Argentinean owner creates the tastiest, small dishes (Tapas) with cocktails or sangria, served with cool latin rhythms, Spontaneous pop parties. 5pm-late

CAFE DEL SOL - Cocktail Bar, Grill & Restaurant - Mae Haad
Exquisite world cuisine with a tasty range of breakfast sets, sandwiches, brochettes, pizza, smoked salmon & first choice steaks; excellent wine selection.8am-11pm

FARANGO PIZZERIA & STEAKHOUSE - (est. 1996) - Mae Haad
Tao's first pizzeria. Latin atmosphere, excellent Italian & Mediterranean specialties, homemade pasta, prime beef, duck & lamb; delivery service. Pier road. 11am-10pm

FAR OUT CAFE - (est. 1989) Mae Haad
The oldest eatery on the rock. Sandwiches, burgers,
Fried chicken, Thai food & seafood BBQ's from their own catch. Pleasant place with colorful design. 7am-10pm

SAFETY STOP PUB (est. 1994) - Mae Haad - beach front
Where friends & locals meet. Draught beer, English pub grub, Pizza, Saturday night BBBQ; all live sports on 8 TV's, Happiness Hour with beautiful sunsets. 8am - late.

OUT OF THE BLUE - Steakhouse - southend Mae Haad
Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. BBQ steaks are AAA imported beef only. Gourmet BBQ burgers. 2nd floor bay view verandah. Relaxed Jazz & Blues. 8am-midnight

THE WHITENING - Bar & Restaurant - Mae Haad - beachfront
A romantic, yet stylish setting, offering a delicious blend of International fusion food & Thai cuisine. Soothing sounds compliment a laid-back dining experience. 5pm - 10:30pm

BAAN KAO SEAFOOD / MOONSTONE BAR - Chalok Baan Kao
Beautiful bay view restaurant & beach bar in an natural, cosy setting at Koh Tao Cottage. Delicious Thai & Western cuisine, seafood BBQ. 7:30am - 10pm/Bar from 6pm - late

NEW HEAVEN Restaurant & Bakery - west Thian Og Bay
Fantastic sea view from the relaxing hilltop terrace, easy to reach. Delicious seafood & Thai cuisine, BBQ corner. Homemade bread & pastry, fresh coffee. 9am - 11pm

JAMAHKIRI Spa & Restaurant - east Thian Og Bay
Extraordinary hillside venue with splendid view and exquisite ambience. Savour from a large selection of great Thai dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. Pick-up service.

CHOPPERS Bar & Grill - Sairee Village near 7 Eleven
Aussie, Irish & authentic Thai tucker, ice-cold VB beer. Downstairs - tunes, sports & surf flicks, upper deck - movies on dolby surround 43" screen (daily 7:30). 6pm - late.

EL GRINGO Mexican Restaurant - Sairee village - main road
The real thing, most popular with the expats. Vast selection of tasty, authentic dishes & good steaks. Live sports on a big screen. 10 am - midnight, Happy Hours 5:30 - 8pm.

FLOWER Restaurants - southend Sairee
Wooden sala right on the beach, relaxing Thai cushions, atmospheric design, very friendly service. Original Thai food, seafood, BBQ's, European dishes. 7:30am

EL TORO Restaurants - southend Sairee Beach & Sairee Village
Sizzlin' Maxican dishes with home made nachos, salsa and guacamole, Pizza Extravaganza (40+Exotic'n'Italian Styles), tasty desserts & Western favourites, 9.30 am - late.

LITTLE MERMAID Restaurant - southend Sairee
Food for Vikings and meat lovers: Frikadeller, pytt I panna, hakkeboef, bernaice sauce and much more. Beach side between AC Resort & Ban's Diving. 9.30 am - late.

THE GALLEY/THE DECK - Restaurant/Beach Bar - north Sairee
Beachfront terrace with great Western & Thai food & BBQ's. Try the lasagna or meatballs with Swedish Logan berry jam. Kitchen open 6:30 am - 10 pm, bar open 5 pm - late.

INTOUCH Restaurant - southend Sairee
Beachfront dining lounge in a layered Thai sala with pool table. Korean BBQ, Western & Thai food. A nice place to enjoy the night in comfort. Kitchen open 7am - 10:30pm

LEAVES Garden Cafe & Book Shop - Sairee village
Tranquil place serving soups, salads, platters, fresh coffee & excellent selection of herbal teas. Unusual range of new and used books. Open Tue - Sun, 10am - 7pm.

LOTUS Restaurant & Beach Bar - north Sairee
Natural styled and spacious Thai restaurant, perfect to enjoy the sunset. Specialized on seafood BBQ's & Lobster. Special parties every Monday, open - air cinema.

MANGO BAY STEAK HOUSE - Sairee village - main road
Highly frequented by expats. Prime steaks from ostrich, kangaroo, crocodile, lamb & beef. Great burgers, large portions, reasonable prices, friendly service. 2pm - 11pm.

SUTHEP Restaurant - Sairee village
Cozy place with garden patio, tables & sofa area. Exquisite range of Thai, Western & other dishes, excellent steaks, good variety of cocktails. 7pm - 11pm.

SUTHEP On the Beach - north Sairee
Replacing New Way Restaurant, great selection of snacks, salads and main courses. Lovely deck & cushion area, and next to the Dry Bar! 8am - 10pm.

 

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