Koh Tao, shark bay (Haad Tien beach?)
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 17, 2010 10:49 PM Last Post By: tezza
Feb 24, 2009 12:45 PM
Koh Tao, shark bay (Haad Tien beach?)Hi,
Just wanted to let anyone out there who is going to Koh Tao to make sure they check out shark bay or Haad Tien beach on the south of the island. Just returned from a trip there and the place is amazing, vitually no one there and the perfect white sandy beach and a shallow clear blue bay. So unlike the areas where all the resorts are around Sariee beach. If you want to stay they have bungalows for rent, think we paid 3000 at night, but you can just go there for the day, there is a beach bar on beach. If you fancy splashing out they have a couple of amazing luxury bungalows right on the beach, complete with plasma tele's etc....they were 6000 baht a night, so abit out of our budget, but if you have the cash!!
Anyway reason for the post is that I was speaking to one of the english people who runs the bungalows and bar and he was saying that these luxury bungalows are a mock up for a boutique resort that will be build there, so my advice is go and experience it before it gets closed off. Bungalows are called The Haad Tien Bungalows, (think they have a website!)
Feb 25, 2009 2:08 AM
1So many different ways of spelling/naming places in Thailand - people checking maps of Tao should look for Ao Thian OK in the south east of island.
Feb 25, 2009 8:59 PM
2When I last went there in late December, they had closed off that unofficial "car park", and there were fresh "no entry - private property" signs where everyone used to hop over the wall and walk through the palms to Shark Bay (Ao Thian OK). Might be something to do with the forthcoming new development. The land has been "private" for ages, but people have generally disregarded the signs. Now it's pretty much blocked off from that end.
You can still get to the bay legally, head back north along the road for a couple of km and take the road on the right to Rocky Resort (which BTW has much cheaper accommodation than that listed in the OP!). However it's a steep dirt road, for experienced bikers only.
Never saw a bloody shark this time though, spent hours snorkelling around every inch of that bay, and further around the headland to the north. Got back to Rocky Resort and someone there couldn't believe I had missed them - said he had been in the day before and seen half a dozen sharks there. I guess I was just unlucky!
Feb 26, 2009 2:59 PM
3Yes i found the same thing, took me ages to find it despite a local guy at the port recommending it to me in the first place, but when I spoke to the english guy who seems to help run the place, he said that it was nothing to do with them, the unofficial car park and the walk through was on land owned by the guy who owns a neighbouring resort, I think he said Koh Tao Cottages and he blocked off the entrance because he was sick of his guest and other tourists using their beach rather than the one outside his property. Because it's not on their land they can do nothing about it....but I guess that is why the beach there is now so quiet!
Oct 17, 2010 7:24 AM
4I 've been down to Freedom Beach a couple time this week and looked all around for a way to ride over to Shark Bar, but no luck. Do you know if it's possible to just take a scooter to the end of the road (after the turn up to Freedom) and walk down the beach to Shark Bay?
Heard great things and want to check it out.
Oct 17, 2010 10:49 PM
5In June I walked out of Shark Bay to the west via roughly the old access track - it is fenced off but it was obvious bungalow staff had been entering this way and had poked a gap in the fence. Trouble is I then had to walk through the private yard of one of the businesses which line the road just before it goes up the eastern headland of Chalok Ban Kao.
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