Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao

Located in the south, Chalok Baan Kao Bay is the third largest beach on Koh Tao. It’s a small town where you will find various hotels, dive centres, restaurants, bars, clinics and travel agencies. There is also a pharmacy and a 7-Eleven.

Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao, looks out to the neighbour islands Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and the Ang Thong Marine National Park. Hin Taa Toh (Buddha Rock), a well-known landmark on Koh Tao can be seen on the cape on the east side. The beach here slopes down gently into shallow water, so it’s ideal for families with children.

For those who love snorkeling, the bay itself doesn’t offer much, but there are some excellent spots within walking distance, such as Freedom Beach, Buddha Rock Cape, Sai Nuan Beach, and June Juea Bay. You can also walk across to Shark Bay (to snorkel with Green turtles and Blacktip reef sharks) through Taatoh Seaview Resort that connect both bays.

Overall, the bay is an excellent place to stay if you want somewhere quiet but near local conveniences.

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The beach slopes down gently into shallow water, so it’s ideal for families with children.

Top Hotels in Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao

View Point Resort

View Point Resort at Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao
View Point Resort offers the perfect combination of refinement and nature for travellers who want to venture away from the busier areas of the island. Located on the southern tip of Koh Tao outside of Chalok Bay, View Point Resort provides privacy and sophistication amongst a lush tropical setting with a calm ocean breeze…

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The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel

The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel
Since opening in 2017, The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel has become a popular choice among travellers looking for higher-end dormitories in a quieter part of the island. Less than a ten-minute walk away from Chalok Baan Kao Bay, The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel provides its guests with a home atmosphere in a jungle environment…

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Taatoh Seaview Resort

Taatoh Seaview Resort, Koh Tao
Taatoh Seaview Resort in Koh Tao’s Shark Bay offers charming bungalows with sea views, AC, and private balconies. Their hillside location is easily accessible from the main road. Enjoy mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, and dine at the on-site restaurant with panoramic sea views, serving authentic Thai cuisine…

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Fisherman Koh Tao, Chalok Baan Kao

Fisherman Koh Tao, Chalok Baan Kao Bay
Chalok Baan Kao Bay now offers an increasing array of accommodation options, and Fisherman Koh Tao is a must-visit place on your list. Found directly on the beach, Fisherman Koh Tao combines the best of both worlds: cosy lodging with exceptional service and a beach bar serving refreshing drinks next to a pool…

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The Best Restaurants in Chalok Baan Kao Bay

Koppee Espresso Bar

Koppee Restaurant, Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao
Are you dreaming of enjoying a delightful coffee or cocktail by the pool or savouring a great meal while overlooking the ocean from a terrace? If so, then Koppee is the perfect destination for you. This environmentally-conscious restaurant on Koh Tao offers a wide variety of Western, Thai, and fusion cuisine…

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Taoni, Chalok Baan Kao

Taoni Restaurant, Koh Tao
Conveniently located by the main road in Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Taoni immediately captures your attention with its modern and spacious Balinese-style decor. Kickstart your day with one of their delectable and healthy homemade breakfast options, such as Avocado toast and Pain Perdu. Their extensive menu…

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Croissant & Ko

Croissant & Ko, Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao
Croissant & Ko introduces a delightful food experience to Koh Tao with freshly baked baguettes, pastries, and their signature croissants. Leveraging their extensive culinary knowledge, they have expanded to create a charming ‘concept store’ where you can enjoy delicious meals at any time of the day. Situated in Chalok Baan Kao…

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Recommended Diving Schools

Big Bubble Diving School

Big Bubble Diving
Big Bubble Diving is one of the first dive schools to be established back in 1994 on Koh Tao. As a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, Big Bubble offers PADI courses from beginner to instructor development for someone who wants to take their diving certification to the next level. In addition to scuba diving options…

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French Kiss Divers, Chalok Baan Kao

French Kiss Divers, Chalok Baan Kao Bay
First opened in Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao in 2012, French Kiss Divers is an SSI dive school that focuses on the Francophone traveller who come to Koh Tao. Although it is a smaller dive school, French Kiss has provided a name for itself for all the different training opportunities they offer in the diving field. Families with young children…

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Assava Dive Resort

Assava Dive Resort, Koh Tao
Assava Dive Resort is located in the southern part of Koh Tao in the small town of Chalok Baan Kao Bay. This beachside family-style dive resort has all the amenities that travellers of all sorts are looking for when on a relaxed holiday. Assava is a PADI dive centre and prides itself on offering diving courses from beginner…

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New Heaven Dive School

New Heaven Dive School at Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Koh Tao
New Heaven Diving School Koh Tao is renowned for its research-based conservation. Divers can participate in training courses led by resident marine biologists, covering topics such as coral taxonomy and coral restoration. New Heaven is affiliated with SSI, offering a wide range of diving courses from Open Water and extending to…

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Road access
A good concrete road all the way.