Stayed here after a week of staying on Sairee beach, we'd had enough of the noise and partying and wanted somewhere a little more out of the way. OK View Bungalows is up in the hills and would need a motorbike to get to or good legs! We paid 800B a night for one week here and were more than happy to pay it - the rooms were large with a large balcony and all the bungalows were well spread out making you forget about any other people staying there! We had bungalow 10 which had hot water. The wifi is only available in the reception area but if you are staying for a long period of time (1week+) then buy wifi from the town and connect anyway on the island. There is not much need for aircon, we had a fan, because up in the hills there is always a breeze and it is much cooler than on Sairee Beach.
There were often power cuts and water shortages whilst here BUT this IS the common thing in Koh Tao anyway - we stayed in Koh Tao for 2 weeks and there were power cuts all over the island all the time. There is a backup supply of power and water at OK View - the only problem is that if the lady who runs it isn't around you have to wait until she is back! Or for her French husband to do it.
The lady who runs OK View is 60+ years and once you get to know her she is adorable. She runs a travel agents, restaurant and OK View Bungalows so is rushed off her feet most of the time so you are left to your own devices a lot of the time. You do have the the two Pugs in reception to keep you company though!
People may complain about the small problems here but we loved our time here and also the lady who runs it. You have to remember you are on an island which gets its supply of power from Koh Samui and often cuts out all over the island. I would recommend staying here for long stays of a week or months to learn to love OK View because a short stay may give you a bad impression.
We rented a bike from DD Hut on Sairee beach for the length of our stay (2 weeks) on Ko Tao. I was charged for a scratched wing mirror, which was scratched but i didn't actually do it. My advice would be to video the whole bike before renting to avoid any hidden extras, we were warned about this but on the day of return we were running late for the ferry so didn't have time to argue.
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