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“Excellent location, awful "bathroom"” 2 of 5 stars
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25 Moo 3 Haad Saal Chao | West of Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #71 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Ko Tao
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“Excellent location, awful "bathroom"”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The bungalows are nicely located, 2 steps away from the private beach (small, but enough to take a sunbath or go for a swim/snorkeling).
The bungalows are very, very basic. I was completely satiesfied with the bed, the moskito net and the fan. If you are on Koh Tao, you anyway spend as little time inside as possible. However, the bathroom was really awful. First of all, it was not very clean. Second, the shower was just annoying, hardly any water coming out and the little that came was smelly. The toilets look disgusting and have to be flushed with a bucket (not unusual in Thailand though).

Apparently, they will renovate the huts this year. Hopefully this will happen because the location is really nice.

Room Tip: They have some bungalows with a really nice seaview, some without. So maybe better choose a bungalow...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I was not only lucky, but very privileged to stumble across these bungalows in 2007, but I've also had the chance to stay here and even live here for a few months. The last time I visited was Feb 2012. The rooms are very reasonable compared to the Island prices. I must admit, if you are looking for luxury then this is not the place, but you can expect more than some places for 400B a night.

If you are a down to earth backpacker or want a Thai beach experience. Then stay here!!

The bungalows are fan rooms, with cold showers but I believe they are in an amazing environment!! They are all placed just near the ocean, with very secluded and private beaches. All have at least one or two hammocks on a large balcony.

I was a lone traveller of 22 when I first came here. I was made very welcome, but more so I always felt very safe...

It’s my personal Island paradise and I believe it’s my second home. I met many people over the many times I stayed here and I made many recommendations, and all of those people that stayed never had any complaint!!

Room Tip: room 1,2,3 12,13,14 are the best
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a good place to go for a pizza if you are staying on the south coast of Koh Tao, but never, NEVER stay there. We headed there intending to stay for a few days before hitting the more lively Sairee Beach area but if we hadn't been so tired from the journey we wouldn't have stayed for 5 minutes. As it was we survived for one night and got the hell out.
The rooms are elevated huts by the water which sounds nice but is anything but.... The mattress was ancient and disgusting. The curtains were garish and disgusting. The hammock stank of the sweat of a thousand grimy backpackers. The mosquito net had holes in it, so of course I got bitten, and the fan neither rotated nor really blew much air. I asked twice for someone to come and look at it but no one ever did.
It was hot. It was dirty. It was miserable. It was the worst place we've stayed in in Thailand or anywhere else on the planet. But hey, the pizza's good.....

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Moo 3 Haad Saal Chao | West of Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
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Ranked #71 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Ko Tao

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