Koh Tao

Koh Tao

Koh Tao (which means "turtle island" in Thai) is a popular destination for divers and travelers who are looking for an "away from it all" beach vacation.

Koh Tao is renowned for its stunning diving and snorkeling sites. There are hardly any currents, a wide selection of dive sites and plentiful amounts of coral and marine life.

The west-facing Sairee Beach is the longest, most popular on the island, great for watching the sunset and for kayaking to Koh Nang Yuan. Chalok Baan Kao Beach is also popular with many travelers. There are many smaller beaches with only a few guesthouses that offer real peace and quiet and excellent snorkelling sites directly offshore.

Gay Scene

Koh Tao attracts a large number of gay visitors each year, and its nightlife is quite evident but the scene is very mixed. Most bars and clubs are located in Sairee Beach area. There used to be a gay bar “C*ck & Mocktail Bar” which sadly closed in January 2018. Behind Sairee Plaza, there’s a popular ladyboy/cabaret show bar called “The Queen’s Cabaret“.

Getting to Koh Tao

Koh Tao is located close to the western shore of the Gulf  of Thailand. Fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui, then catch a ferry (Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran or Seatran Discovery) to Koh Tao.

Alternatively, drive or take a bus or train from Bangkok, Phuket or Hua Hin to Chumphon Pier and then take a ferry to the island.

Koh Tao · Hotels

Our top hotels and resorts on Koh Tao for gay travelers are listed below.

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Why this hotel?: Quiet, beachfront location. Beautiful villas. Great value.

This beautiful boutique resort is one of the nicest on Koh Tao, located on a secluded beach at Shark Bay, with quiet surroundings yet only a short drive from the nearest village and local shops.

Haadtien Beach Resort offers large villas with private balconies. Each villa features wood furnishings, comfortable seating area, flat screen TV and minibar. Free WiFi in public areas.

The resort offers massage services, and the tour desk can arrange for various activities including mountain biking and snorkeling (equipment available for rent). The beachfront bar & restaurant serves excellent seafood and has great views.


bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, beach, free wi-fi

19/9 Moo 3, Haad Tien (Shark Bay), Koh Tao


Based on 1356 votes

Why this hotel?: Luxurious Eco Boutique Resort. Authentic Thai cuisine. Exclusive views of the iconic Shark Island.

Among lush hills along Sai Daeng Beach on the Gulf of Thailand, this gay-friendly 4-star resort offers luxury accommodations, stunning panoramic views of the ocean and authentic Thai flavors.

Choose from a range of modern rooms, suites, and villas.  Surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation that provides relaxation, tranquility and privacy. Enjoy the exclusive view of the iconic Shark Island.

The on-site restaurant & bar serves authentic Thai cuisine as well as Western cuisine. Relax at the pool, try a specialty cocktail at the infinity pool’s swim-up bar, or treat yourself to a Thai -style spa experience.

Just a few steps from the resort, guests can explore the underwater world of snorkeling and scuba diving at the famous Hin Ngam Bay and Aow Leuk. Feeling adventurous? Why not get in a kayak to Shark Island!


hotel, pool, restaurant, wifi, a/c, breakfast, snorkeling, diving, private beach, spa

46/9 Moo 3, Sai Daeng Beach, Koh Tao

Why this hotel?: Wonderful views. Private beach. Modern facilities.

Set in a secluded spot in Jansom Bay, one of Koh Tao’s most beautiful areas, Charm Churee is an ideal getaway for couples.

With wonderful scenery all around and crystal clear waters, the resort features tropical-styled rooms and cottages with modern facilities.

There are two restaurants serving Thai and international dishes, as well as a range of cocktails.


bar, restaurant, internet access, steam room, massage, spa

30/1 Moo 2, Jansom Bay, Koh Tao


Based on 1568 votes

Why this hotel?: On Sairee Beach. Walk to bars & restaurants.

Located at the nicest end of Sairee Beach, about 15 minutes’ walk from the bars & restaurants and 15 minutes from Mae Haad Pier, Koh Tao Cabana is one of the most popular hotels in this area.

This great-value resort features cottages with views of the ocean or the tropical gardens. Each air-conditioned cottage has cable TV, private deck and semi-open-air bathroom, free WiFi.

Guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments at the onsite Kajavari Spa. The beachfront restaurant serves tasty Thai food and fusion dishes. There is a bar for drinks and cocktails.


bar, restaurant, massage, sun terrace, spa, free wi-fi

16 Moo 1, Baan Haad Sairee, Koh Tao


Based on 2177 votes

Why this hotel?: Panoramic views. Private beach. Luxury choice.

Gay-friendly luxury resort on the remote south side of Koh Tao with panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand.

Jamahkiri Resort offers large, deluxe rooms and individual pavilions. Facilities include free WiFi, PADI-certified diving club, pool, gym and private beach.

This resort’s many stairs will keep you fit, but if your legs get tired, you can a get nice relaxing massage at the onsite spa.


bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa, beach, free wi-fi

21/2 Moo 3, Thian Og Bay, Koh Tao


Based on 1034 votes

Why this hotel?: Excellent value. Spacious rooms. Near the beach.

Great-value resort on Sairee Beach in Koh Tao, less than 100 metres from the water. Simple Life offers 25 spacious rooms with standard amenities including free WiFi.

There is a dive centre onsite. Besides diving, you can also explore rock climbing, island cruises and Thai boxing classes. There’s  swimming pool, a restaurant and bar.

Simple Life’s great location and facilities make it a popular choice with gay guests.


cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, spa, free wi-fi

14/11 Moo 1, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao


Based on 1223 votes

Why this hotel?: Private beach. Unique bungalows. Great value.

Located on the southwest cliff of Koh Tao, overlooking the unobstructed panoramic ocean view, Bamboo Huts features simple but well-kept bungalows amidst tropical gardens.

Ideal if you’re looking to unwind yet wanting to be near the main town. With its own private beach, the resort offers golden sandy beach where you can enjoy many water sports.

Or take a 5-minute taxi boat to get to a wide selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.


bar, restaurant, steam room, massage, spa, free wi-fi

30/20 Jax Trek, Jansom Bay, Koh Tao


Based on 127 votes

Why this hotel?: Well-equipped bungalows. Quiet surrounding. Great value.

La Cigale features 4 bungalow-styled rooms in lush tropical jungle on Sairee Beach with fantastic views.

The bungalows are spacious, private and equipped with microwave, fridge, TV/DVD and open-air bathroom, free WiFi in public areas.

There’s laundry service & dry cleaning, 24-hour room service. Very friendly and helpful staff.


cafe, massage, free wi-fi

19/11 Moo 1, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao


Based on 97 votes

Koh Tao · Gay-Owned / Gay-Friendly Bars

Ladyboy/cabaret show bar in Sairee Beach. The Queen’s Cabaret is known for its nightly drag performance, fun entertainment and friendly staff.

Entry is free – you can just order a drink. Drink prices are reasonable. Showtime starts at 10:20pm. At the end of the show, you can take a picture with the beautiful ladyboys.


bar, music, cabaret show, drag show

Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

CLOSED (January 2018).

The first and only gay bar on Koh Tao, located on the popular Sairee Beach. Trendy music. Friendly staff. Locals hang out here and tourists walk in for a drink and a chat.

New Walking Street, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

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