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“The best value on Koh Tao”
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Palm Leaf Resort
Ranked #8 of 77 Koh Tao B&B and Inns
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San Francsico
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“The best value on Koh Tao”
Reviewed August 23, 2009

I searched high and low (literally) when I arrived in Koh Tao and had a tough time finding accommodation that was decent at an affordable price. Most of the accommodation on the island is either high end/over-priced or super low end where you feel like your room is a prison cell. Bow Thong is a great mid-range option with very clean and comfortable rooms, right on the beach in Sairee. We had a balcony, a view of the ocean and soft linens for $60/night. Not bad...The rooms are slightly off the beach which means they are quiet, you won't hear the longboats. No swimming pool, but we snuck into the pool at the hotel next door and no one said a word!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

We stayed at the Bow Thong Resort for 4 nights.

Pros:
Clean rooms, air-conditioning (in our particular room, some don't have it), simple but comfortable room, on the beach, quiet location but close walking to all of Sairee Beach, bars, restaurants down the beach, hot water, enjoys similar vistas to the Grand Coral Resort which is many times more expensive. The landscaping is lush and mature as opposed to many bungalows along the beach we saw that were devoid of any plant life.

*Sam, our waiter every morning was FABULOUS. He is a shining star of this establishment. He was one of the only staff members we felt comfortable with. Gracious, warm, yet reserved, we were sad to leave him.

Cons:
The front desk service is lacking. There is a woman with short hair who barks orders at people and is gruff and unfriendly unless she is trying to sell you ferry boat tickets (which we found WERE cheaper with her). I don't think she is very nice to the other people who work there either. She was helpful with directions and information, but that's about it. The food is so-so, however breakfast was included with our room and you can't complain about breakfast on the beach. The bathroom has a permanently open window which means it's not air conditioned, water pressure was a little lacking. Some trash along the beach, though on Sairee that's true of almost every place you stay.

Overall:

I would stay here again because the location cannot be beat. It's quiet, but still close to everything on Sairee. Not super fancy, but not too rustic either.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Palm Leaf Resort
Address: 15/2 Moo 1 North Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand (Formerly Bow Thong Resort)
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Leaf Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You find us at the north end strip of Sairee Beach. Palm Leaf offers the best view at the bay with its grey boulders and the colourful sea. Just a 5 min walking distance away from the village, it is still a very calm and private place to be. Moreover it is the only snorkeling side at Sairee beach.Set in a nice garden our lovingly furnished bungalows and rooms await your arrival. ... more   less 
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Bow Thong Hotel Koh Tao

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