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Taa Toh Lagoon Diving Resort
Ranked #39 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Like it was taken over by squatters.”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

Well, maybe my review title is too harsh. The staff was nice enough but you got the sense there was a political upheaval and some locals just took it over. The quality of service was not in alignment with the build quality of the property.

The room was 2,500 Baht a night ($75). It had an AMAZING view. It was right around the corner from Freedom Beach, a truly beautiful spot. However, the room was very small. It had the worst smelling shower water ever. So bad, I could barely stomach "cleaning" myself in it. The bathroom lighting was terrible. You could not see yourself in the mirror, which was hung for a 4' tall person. But boy, what a view! That is, after I cleaned the windows in the room myself so I could see the view.

There was more trash around the property than I cared to see, especially considering much of the staff stood around and watched thai kick boxing on the restaurant TV. They would even crank metal music and wrestle one another in the restaurant. Now, I like to see people having fun, but there is a tipping point. They are on the wrong side of the tipping point. They were nice enough, but the vibe was just not right.

Whoever built this place would never have allowed it to become what it is now. Its run pretty poorly. Get your staff to pick up ALL the trash around the property rather than kick box each other all day. Get clean water in the showers. Clean up your act. Your rooms are supremely located. There is no reason for this place to get a poor score. A good manager would have it ironed out in a week.

Also, no Wi-fi in the rooms. You must go sit in the restaurant and endure blasting TV shows.

The bed was FIRM. Too firm. I like a firm bed too.

All in all, I say avoid it. Bummer.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Beautiful views over the ocean, but:

- Rooms were very minimalistic (which is okay), but many gaps in walls/windows/mosquito nets, so we spent a lot of time swatting mosquitoes.
- Restaurant is terrible and overpriced
- Most of the staff weren't that friendly
- Offer free taxi from the pier, but not back to the pier at the end of your stay
- Free breakfast was average, the rice soup was the only good thing
- Lots of rubbish (broken beer bottles) right beside our bungalow on the rocks.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, VA
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2011

I lived here for a month and had an amazing stay. I had traveled for a year around the world and this was the best value I found anywhere. I had a week of the resort to myself at first. Slept most nights on my hammock on the balcony and would wade around rock to eat in the "town" area around the point with it's one bar and few restaurants. It was secluded and at less than 10 bucks a day, unbeatable. If you want a paradise looking over the ocean for nothing this is your place. Most secluded on the island and cheapest. The diving is also world class and a great and knowledgeable crew. All good things....

Family is quiet and happy to accommodate once you get to know them a little bit. Don't be shy.

Room Tip: request secluded on the point
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Kerava
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 November 2009

Nice little bungalow and beautyful view. But when we went to breakfast the stuff looked us very angry way. I'm very kind woman and I newer been in that kind of situation as a customer or traveller because I like to be polite.

We were happy to go back to Krabi after 3 nights. If we go again to Tao, we'll go to some other Resort.

Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2009

Initially seems unfriendly but you soon gt to know the family. Excellent dive school - small groups, timing that avoided crowded dive sites and Mark was fantastic divemaster. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2009

My wife and I are currently traveling around the world and are six months into it. So far this place has had the unfriendliest staff yet. They make you feel as though they don't really want you there. It's also a bit isolated from everything else so you are a bit at their mercy which makes things worse. The room itslef was OK but a bit of a walk up the hill. The only really nice thing about it was the view of the bay but definately not worth it.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

At $7 per night during peak season, this has to be the best bargain around for a beachside bungalow. The room was reasonably clean and the bathroom was spotless. The ocean view from the balcony was spectacular, with the peace and quiet offered at the end of the island. The staff is laid-back, yet accommodating. We hope to return to both Koh Tao and Taa Toh.

  • Liked — The ocean
  • Disliked — The bed
  • Stayed January 2005, travelled as a couple
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Property: Taa Toh Lagoon Diving Resort
Address: 20 Moo 3 | South side of island, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #39 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Number of rooms: 177
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