Freedom Beach

Ko Tao

Way down in the south of the island on the eastern shore of Ao Chalok Ban Kao, this beach is quiet with much smaller crowds and offers excellent snorkelling. A rough road snakes down here from Chalok Ban Kao. The entry fee includes a free taxi ride back to Sairee Beach area, a bottle of water, parking, access to toilets and showers and the on-site viewing point.

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Nearby Ko Tao attractions

1. Chalok Viewpoint

0.79 MILES

Looking out over Ao Chalok Ban Kao, this viewpoint is on the road to Tao Thong Villa that runs west off the road between Mae Hat and Chalok Ban Kao.

2. Ao Leuk

1.05 MILES

This lovely little sheltered bay with coral reefs on the east coast is a charmer and the snorkelling is excellent for exploring its sandy depths and…

3. Mae Hat Bay

1.47 MILES

Mae Hat Bay does not have a great beach, but it's fun clambering over the rocks and boulders at the southern end looking for crabs in all the rock pools…

4. Ko Tao Temple

1.75 MILES

Next to Ko Tao school, this is the finest Buddhist temple on the island. It is a haven of peace and solitude and boasts a stunning white central building…

5. King Rama V Boulder & Statue

1.99 MILES

Long before Ko Tao was inhabited by people, in 1899, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) visited the island, and as seems to have been a habit of his, he carved…

6. Ao Tanot


With crystal-clear waters and superb snorkelling, pretty Ao Tanot on the east coast also affords excellent rock-jumping opportunities from the huge…

7. West Coast Viewpoint

2.19 MILES

This superb viewpoint in the middle of the island affords gloriously sprawling views of the west and northwest of the island from near two large boulders…

8. Hat Laem Thian

2.61 MILES

In the lee of the headland, this secluded and sheltered little white-sand beach in the middle of the east coast, north of Ao Tanot, is a delightful place…