My husband and I went to enjoy a "getaway" vacation on Koh Tao this past June and after many emails and research, decided to spend our first week at Bow Thong. I had sent out dozens of emails, compared prices, locations, etc... And really found that for a place on the beach, close enough to the fun, but far away enough from the noise, this was really the place. Fortunately, it turned out to be just that. Great location on the beach, within a very quick walk to Sairee village (day or night it is always safe).
The bungalows themselves were always kept very nice and clean (the ladies went in to clean every day whether you wanted it or not). We were on the side of the resort with A/C but the fan rooms were also right along the beach. It is our understanding that these are separately owned but it all appears to be the same resort.
Breakfast was ok, nothing special but enough to keep us happy. You have the choice of about 5 different options which stays the same every morning. Personally we found Pad Thai at lunch better than anything one the breakfast menu.
The aspect that makes this place so special is one particular gentleman they have there named Sam. He is so friendly and attentive and was always so nice to talk. We looked forward to our daily chats with him and he always made sure we were very well taken care of, from our meals to tips about the island. Even when we mentioned wanting to rent a scooter he told us what to look out for in order not to get taken advantage of. We cannot say enough nice things about this man and he alone would make us want to return to this place to stay.
The only reason I did not give 5 stars was due to some construction going on right next to our bungalow. It made it impossible for us to sit out on our private veranda during the day and even from the chairs at the beach, the sawing and hammering could be heard. I was disappointed that we were not informed about this ahead of time. In all fairness it does seem to be common practice around the island to constantly be under some sort of construction. I did try contacting the owner but never got a response and that was frustrating. We had paid in advance so I don't know if our problems therefore went unheard.
All in all we would return and I can highly recommend Bow Thong. We explored the island on our scooted one day and although there are many other beautiful places, this one provided what we were looking for. We wanted to relax, do some diving, have some drinks on the beach and all in all just enjoy the island. This was the place to do it from.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bow Thong Hotel Koh Tao