Chalok Baan Kao is located on the southernmost point of Koh Tao and looks out towards the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Due to its beauty and shallow calm blue waters, it is the second most popular beach on the island.
Although it is smaller and quieter than Sairee, Chanlok Baan Kao still has all the amenities you need at hand – dive shops, mini markets, travel agents, ATMs, restaurants and bars.
As the area has developed and grown, the facilities and accommodation have been upgraded and there are now private luxury villas, beachside hotels and family bungalows alongside the basic beach huts.
Chalok Baan Kao Guide – Picturesque Beach with Tourist Facilities
Getting to Chalok Baan Kao from Mae Haad is very easy and the road is good. Taxis or pickup trucks will ferry you and back and forth for 100 baht or so; you can even walk it in about 30 minutes. If you are looking for a laidback beach that is easily accessible to other bays and areas, than Chalok Kao Baan is a great choice.
As it is one of the island’s largest dive centres, there is a fair amount of boat traffic heading in and out of Chalok Ban Kao. Longtails offer taxi runs from here, while divers, snorkelers and day-trippers make up the rest. It is therefore not the quietest stretch of sand on the island and sometimes the water can be a little murky because of this, particularly at the western end of the beach.
If you plan to spend some time splashing about on the beach here, head to the eastern end. However, at certain times of the year the water can be very shallow, fine for sitting and cooling off but not really for serious swimming. There are other beaches which you can walk to from Chalok Baan Kao where the water is deeper, however, so it might be worth checking these out if that’s where you interest lies.
The bay is flanked by beaches, both to the east and the west, so you never have to trek for too long to find another piece of paradise. Just to the west as you head around the lip to Mae Haad is the Haad Saal Chao. Although the water here is sometimes a bit cloudy, the beach is pretty and quiet.
Separating Ao Thian Og from Chanlok Baan Kao in the other direction is Ao Taa Toh. Nestled on the eastern peninsula, this little beach is home to a single dive resort, so is a great spot if you don’t want much company. The sand and the water are also very clean here. Just a little farther on is the isolated Freedom Beach, which offers much of the same.