Khao Tao

Khao Tao

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KHAO TAO
Not to be confused with the island Koh Tao. Khao Tao is a charming village best known for a wonderful secluded beach, which is seperately named Hat Sai Noi.

Khao Tao is a quiet fishing and beach village 15KM south of Hua Hin and 15Km north of Pranburi. It got it’s name from its turtle shaped rock outcrop (in Thai, khao = mountain, tao = turtle).

It is an area that has begun to develop with condo projects overlooking Sai Yai beach and several luxury European villa developments, though it still maintains it’s quiet mountain vibe and has several local restaurants serving both Thai and Western food, as well as the modern convenience of 7/11 stores, etc.
Khao Tao is becoming more widely known as a nice relaxing vacation spot south of the busier Hua Hin, which has retained it’s natural surroundings and an old way of living that has barely been affected by modern developments.

Key features of the area are:
The long sandy Sai Yai and Suan Son beaches ideal for walking and kite-surfing, very popular with Thai tourists and sometimes busy over the holiday periods, the cove of Sai Noi beach with several beach front seafood restaurants, the large Chinese temple complex with interesting caves, statues, view points, and food outlets, The Royal Summer Palace, Khao tao lake, a nice place to relax or going fishing, the 18 hole Eagle golf cours.

Anyone visiting the area with some free time on their hands is recommended to check out Khao Tao, especially if you are visiting during a Thai festival season such as Loy Kratong which is a real spectacular in this area!

There are a number of beach restaurants that serve up delicious local food, seafood and drinks and they all have sun loungers and umbrellas. As opposed to Hua Hin and Khao Takiab beaches, Had Sai Noi drops-off quickly, making it ideal for swimming. You will have to keep a close watch on any children though.

The biggest attraction here is the delightful little bay and beach at Hat Sai Noi and the large Khao Tao temple complex.

There is a small sheltered bay at Haad Sai Noi with two or three restaurants serving good food, plenty of seating but does get busy at weekends. Swimming is good as it gets deep quick…

Khao Tao also has an impressive temple complex with several caves, many Buddha statues, shrines, fishing village, fresh water lakes and lookouts.

Khao Tao, Haad Sai Noi and Haad Sai Yai make a great day trip from Hua Hin or Khao Takiab.

Country Thailand
Visa requirementsPlease check your own embassy for the rules regarding visa.
Languages spokenThai and English
Currency usedThai Baht (thb)

Sports & nature

There is a small sheltered bay at Haad Sai Noi with two or three restaurants serving good food, plenty of seating but does get busy at weekends. Swimming is good as it gets deep quick... Khao Tao also has an impressive temple complex with several caves, many Buddha statues, shrines, fishing village, fresh water lakes and lookouts. Khao Tao, Haad Sai Noi and Haad Sai Yai make a great day trip from Hua Hin or Khao Takiab.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

A number of small bars have recently opened up in Khao Takiab giving you the option of staying there for the evening as opposed to heading into Hua Hin. As the area grows we can expect to see more pubs and bars appearing in Khao Takiab. Existing ones include The Red Bicycle, Oasis Bar, The Beach Hut, Cookies, Beer O'Clock and Lost. They can all be found on the Khao Takiab map. A latin American sounding place is Uno, which is a little more upmarket with a restaurant and situated opposite Takiab Beach Resort. They often have a live band at the weekends.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

The biggest attraction here is the delightful little bay and beach at Hat Sai Noi and the large Khao Tao temple complex. Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill lies just 7 km to the south of Hua Hin. What was once a quiet fishing village has in recent years witnessed increased tourism development, with international hotels and apartment complexes springing up along the road that runs through the village. Despite this, it’s still considerably less developed than Hua Hin. It remains a popular destination with tourists and Thais, and there is always a large influx of visitors at the weekends. The focal point at one end of the village is the hill itself (sometimes called Monkey Mountain because hundreds of mischievous macaque monkeys have overrun the place), and the long sandy beach which runs for several km further south. To reach Khao Takiab beach from Hua Hin you can either take your own transport or hop on a local motorbike taxi, tuk-tuk or songthaew bus (by far the cheapest option) from the main Petchakasem highway or at various places around town. Access to the beach itself is fairly straightforward: once through the village take the right hand fork in the road past the police station, and a series of small lanes lead you right down to the beach. Follow the signs to the Blue Wave hotel or the Anantasila resort and you can’t go far wrong.Culture and history image

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