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Sairee Beach is a beach of almost 2 kilometers long. The sea stays quite a bit shallow, which makes it a nice beach for families with children. About 30 meters from the coast are rocks and some coral where you can snorkel, but honestly there is not much to see. At the many diving schools, travel agencies and taxi boats of Sairee Beach you can easily book a dive or snorkel trip to the many beautiful snorkel sites on Koh Tao. If you want to be able to snorkel from the beach yourself, beaches like Tanote Bay and Aow Leuk are highly recommended.
If you are a bit sporty you can walk from Sairee Beach to the snorkel paradise Hin Wong Bay. But for sunbathing, swimming, drinking cocktails or a game of soccer or volley, Sairee Beach is the place to be! The beach is also good for a nice walk on the beach. If you walk all the way south you will come to a boulder with the initials of King Chulalongkorn and have a beautiful view over the bay of Sairee Beach.
Walking Street, shopping, going out and having fun!
Sairee Beach is the largest and liveliest beach in Koh Tao. There are many accommodations, diving schools, restaurants, bars and shops directly on and around the beach. A large part of the restaurants, shops and bars are located in Walking Street. This street runs almost entirely parallel to Sairee Beach. If you like shopping and going out, this is the place to be! If you keep walking south on Walking Street you will automatically end up at the Mae Haad Pier. In the evening it gets crowded in Walking Street. The bars turn up the music and here and there some stalls pop up with snacks like kebab, Thai pancakes and the popular pad thai.
On Walking Street you can visit a Ladyboy Cabaret Show or stroll along the various clothing and souvenir shops. Right on the beach there are also restaurants where you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner with your feet in the sand. In some places there are also beautiful fire dance shows to music. Always fun to watch with a beer or cocktail in your hand!
Spending the night at Sairee Beach
If you like to have everything close by and also like a bit of liveliness, the Sairee beach can be a good choice. There are a lot of middle class hotels, with occasional peaks up or down. There are a number of hotels and diving schools right on the beach. The Lotus Bar and the surrounding area are known for the cozy parties that are regularly held on the beach. If you feel the need for a good night’s sleep it is wise to keep some distance from the Lotus Bar and Walking Street.
Savage is a hostel with the appearance of a luxury hotel. The beautiful hostel is sleek and efficient. The Savage Hostel Koh Tao is a 1 minute walk from the beach. On the roof is a lovely swimming pool with lounge cushions. Each bed-pod has its own privacy screen, electronic safe, sockets and reading light. The hostel is known for its excellent beds. The hostel also has a couple of double rooms.
Good Dream Hotel (Khun Ying House)
This neat hotel / hostel is a 3-minute walk from Sairee Beach and the busy main street with shops and restaurants. This makes it nice and quiet in the vicinity of the hotel, even though you can be in the hustle and bustle of Saiee. Besides double rooms there are also family rooms or a bed in a dormitory to book. The rooms are spacious, clean and look modern. The owner and staff are friendly and very helpful!
Ban’s Diving Resort TIP
A perfect place for couples and families! A very clean and large resort where everything is well organized! The rooms on the hill offer a beautiful view and there are plenty of facilities on site such as two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar! In terms of location you are ideal as Ban’s is right next to the Walking Street of Sairee Beach! A top location for a top price! We are under the spell of Ban’s Diving Resort!
How to get to Sairee Beach
Boat: In the bay of Sairee there are taxi boats that can take you to other beaches or snorkel spots. You can rent the boats for a few hours or a whole day. On the beach there are signs with taxi boats on it. But often you yourself will be addressed by the boat driver.
Scooter: The roads around Sairee Beach are easily accessible by scooter, you can also easily drive to the Mae Haad Pier.
Taxi indication: From Mae Haad to Sairee Beach the taxi costs 100 baht per person, minimum 3 persons (or extra charge), one way.