Sairee Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the island of Ko Tao and it is about 1 mile long and it’s most popular. The beach, which faces west, is a curvy bay smoothly with soft white sand. When you are looking from beach side, you would not see anything man made (unless a boat happens to be passed by) and it is more beautiful than that of other beaches. Especially around sunset it looks more beautiful. Although Ko Tao can hardly be considered overrun (and definitely not as populated as similar beaches on Ko Samui).
Sairee Beach does have a lot of mostly small resorts and beach working. The beach still has a rugged, underdeveloped quality to it that makes it feel more like a deserted island than a big, commercial vacation destination. Behind the beach is the island’s typical rugged topography, some lush, beautiful, awesome green hills in the jungle interior and many of them are coconut trees. And because of most of the boat traffic is from long tail boats and slow moving boats, there is less in seeing on Sairee Beach.
Accommodations on Sairee Beach:
As on the Sairee Beach there is no five star resorts, there are very nice and amazing four star resorts on the northern part of the island Ko Tao. You will pay for luxury on Ko Tao, though, and the nicest hotels will run you more than $100 per night. Majority of resort you will find on Sairee Beach are three star resorts range, which means you will get air conditioning and some amenities, such as television, on-site restaurants and there are some of swimming pools and some of bars, but the properties will be small and somewhat rough around the edges.
For all that, you will pay in the range of $30 to $60 per night. It is still possible to find a place to stay on Sairee Beach for under $20, but for that little you will probably end up a short walk from beach in a very basic room in small hotel.
The Restaurant Scene:
The scene of the restaurants on Ko Tao in general is not particularly very nice and high end and most of the restaurant and places to eat something are small cafes basic Thai dishes and seafood. The nice and amazing restaurants have live music indoor/outdoor, there is no fine dining on Sairee Beach. There are some restaurants, which are famous as Western restaurants on the island. Easy to find pancakes, pizza and tapas while you’re there.
There are many of the bars and nightclubs on the Sairee Beach, they are in more capacity in the central and southern part of the beach. Wherever you stay, it would not be a long walk, but pick your accommodations by checking all these aspects. As there is loud clud music at night and some people dont have any problem by this activity. While others find it a huge difficulty to a relaxing beach holiday. That’s why we cannot say Sairee Beach is a big party beach like some on Ko Phangan, but it does have a backpacker vibe to it and there are plenty of bars and casual shack discos.
The crowd at the Sairee Beach tends to be mix of divers, travelers and some of backpackers, who desire a less “produced” vacations than it is more made or developed and the well-known Islands such as Phuket or Samui. You can stay easily on the beach with more places to eat and enjoy and socialize within walking distance. You will more people in their 20s and 30s than in their 40s or older.