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“Great location”
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Palm Leaf Resort
Ranked #8 of 77 Koh Tao B&B and Inns
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 13 June 2012

No doubt that the location is amazing. It is right on the southern end of Sairee Beach. This is a great spot because it is quiet, away from all the beach bars, right on the beach with great views. However it is only a short 5 to 10 min walk down the beach to all the bars so it combines the best of both. The guesthouses are really nice, and clean. Sam who works there is great, really attentative and great to chat to over breakfast. We didn't really eat there other than breakfast (which is ok). There isn't much of a communal area or restaurant area, and it was extremely quiet in the evening. They need to develop the communal areas, make them more inviting - they were a bit dark and dingy. Overall though, we had a great time here and highly recommend this location

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pattaya, Thailand
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

End of Sairee beach.....very quiet (although they having some construction currently during the day). Staff very attentive. Easy to walk into town on the beach or on the road. Highly recommend. Nice rooms, and everything worked!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 22 April 2012 via mobile

We just loved and certainly a place to come back! We always had fun and even the outnumbered dogs that live around were nice. We lately realized that the food was simply amazing in this place and a perfect spot for a romantic night

Stayed November 2011
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Shrewsbury, UK
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We moved to Bow Thong after staying for 1 night at Silver Sands / Big Blue. We moved because it was too close to the bar and was very loud until all hours of the night.
We stayed at Bow Thong for 6 nights, and loved every minute of it! The staff were very friendly and had a good sense of humour. Although the speed of service left something to be desired, (and your drink may show up after you've finished your food!) we soon learned that is just the way things are in laid back Thailand! The food was ok, but I think a bit pricey compared to what you could get at other places nearby, so we didn't eat there very often (I suggest Blue Wind Bakery for breakfast...only a very short walk away). The rooms were cleaned every day, the grounds and beach were also kept neat and tidy. We stayed in the one up / one down bungalows a bit further back from the beach. They were very nice, good size, clean bathroom but the bed was not the most comfortable.
It was a beautiful resort located on the best part of Sairee Beach in my opinion. The water was shallow for a long way out, and the sand in the water was lovely and soft so you didn't have to worry about treading on rock or coral. It was very relaxed, not as much foot traffic as other areas it is at one end of the beach, but only a short walk (not even 5 minutes) to all the action. It was great that we could relax all day on the quiet beach, walk to the loud bits at night and have a leisurely stroll back along the beach to our quiet hotel. It really was paradise!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We stayed at this resort in March. It is in an ideal location if you need peace and quiet especially at night, and it is a short and very pleasant walk to the 'town', if walking on the beach. Some of the accommodation's more rustic than others. We stayed in one of the older huts, and while it was basically comfortable, if I were to return in the future, I'd ask for one of the newer cottages. The gardens are well maintained and adds to the charm of the place. The view in that area is absolutely beautiful, and the beach, especially at low tide is amazing. You can walk out forever and not get in to deep waters which was great. We found the staff especially Som, the young Thai woman in reception to be very friendly and helpful. She is a no-nonsense sort of person, but it is a good thing that she is as I witnessed several instances where she had to be tough. On the other hand, she was so very kind to my husband and I during our stay - my husband had become very sick and needed medical attention. She willingly and immediately left the resort, and brought back medical staff from the clinic to attend to him, stayed with us during his check-up, and always asked about his well-being. She readily acknowledged us with a smile and wave whenever we'd see her zipping by on her motorbike.
Some people have good experiences here, some have not so good. We would return to Bow Thong if ever we go back to Koh Tao.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

After a short stay somewhere else we move to this location.
We had a beach front view which was not the cheapest, but the amount we pay(£80) a night it is not that expensive either.
The staff were amazing, the beach clean and the sea was very shallow for a very long way out.
My only moan is as in all of Koh Tao, there are a lot of dogs and some mornings they did like to bark at nothing.
The main town is about 300m away, but a beautiful walk along the beach is great and you do not here anything at night

When we come back this is the only place for us

  • Stayed March 2012
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Diest
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

In Fef-March we stayed 10 days at Bow Thong resort. We absolutely loved the place and the peolpe.
You get a free transfer to and fro the pier. The owner (Tony with whome I e-mailed and immediately got respons) took the time to greet us personnaly and showed us around in the room. We stayed at very luxureous resorts at different places in the world but the luxery, beach bungalow is up un till now our fouverate!!! You're 10 min. walk on the beach away from the husstle & bussle of the center if you want it, but are nice and relaxed if you stay put and taste the great food of the Thai specialty chef. Hmmm delicious food, and briljant service especially from Sam and the other waiters!
If you're looking for an all In resort with a rather posh mentallity I thing you won't like it, but if you want a relaxed admosphere, great food, a very cosey room with a view to die for don't hesitate book Bow Thong!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Palm Leaf Resort
Address: 15/2 Moo 1 North Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand (Formerly Bow Thong Resort)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #8 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Leaf Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You find us at the north end strip of Sairee Beach. Palm Leaf offers the best view at the bay with its grey boulders and the colourful sea. Just a 5 min walking distance away from the village, it is still a very calm and private place to be. Moreover it is the only snorkeling side at Sairee beach.Set in a nice garden our lovingly furnished bungalows and rooms await your arrival. ... more   less 
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