Koh Tao's port town

Mae Haad Bay

Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao

Mae Haad Bay is the port town where all piers are located. There is still a feel of the local Thai lifestyle here. This is also where the government offices are, the police station, post office, health centre, banks, school and temple can be found.

Mae Haad Bay is a good place for shopping for Thai souvenirs, beachwear, beach games and hand made jewellery. There are dive equipment stores where you can buy everything from masks and fins for snorkelling to the latest scuba diving gear. Local fresh market shops and stalls are also located here where you can find tropical fruit and local ingredients.

An interesting place to snorkel in Mae Haad Bay is at the shipwreck which sank in 1962, located at the south end of the bay. There are generally lots of fish here and you may be accompanied by a huge school of fusiliers as well as the blue spotted rays and sweetlips hiding about the place.

Getting around Koh Tao by foot from this bay is safe and easy, though do be careful on the main roads. Go north to Sairee Beach if you are looking for crowds and convenience, or go south to Sai Nuan Beach for a ‘back to nature’ feel and its peaceful simplicity, reminiscent of Koh Tao in days gone by. A small brick beach road, no cars, just a few bikes, will take you to Sairee Beach, while a walkway along the southwestern coast will lead to Jansom Bay, Sai Nuan Beach and June Juea Bay in less than an hour.

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The French Market

An interesting place to snorkel in this area is the shipwreck which sank in 1962, located at the south end of the bay.

Koh Tao accommodation in Mae Haad

Accommodation in Mae Haad Bay

On the west side of Koh Tao, this bay is only busy in the centre of the bay, to the north or south of town, it gets quieter. There is plenty of accommodation in the area and it is quite convenient…

Koh Tao restaurant reviews in Mae Haad Bay

in Mae Haad Bay

Koh Tao has a great variety of places to eat offering international cuisines and mouth watering creative fusion blends. Here is a selection of restaurants we have chosen to write about…

Road access
Good concrete road throughout.