Freedom Beach, Koh Tao truly is a secluded tropical paradise.
Being by far my favourite beach on the island Freedom Beach, Koh Tao boasts crystal clear blue waters, soft powdery sand and an ocean filled with life just waiting to be discovered.
Although Freedom Beach is not a secret, it is one of the most popular beaches on Koh Tao its incredible surroundings still make it well worth a visit.
Located in the Koh Tao Relax Freedom Beach Resort its not just Freedom Beach you can find here, there is also the John-Suwan Viewpoint and Taa Toh Beach, as well as 2 beach bars and restaurants.
In this guide I will share everything you need to know about Freedom Beach and how to get the most out of your visit here.
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How to Get There
Located just 10 minutes from Sairee Beach, Freedom Beach is located on the most southern tip of the island.
‼️ The road to the beach is in good condition and is very simple to follow, however, note there is a steep hill as you enter the resort, if you are not a very confident rider you can park at the top and walk down.
The best way to get here is by scooter, you can rent a scooter from all around the island for just 200 baht (£5) a day, prices can vary depending on the model.
However, if you are not confident on a scooter you could also arrange a taxi to take you to the beach. To get back again, there is often taxi drivers waiting at reception or the staff at the hotel will happily call one for you.
What to Expect
Entry to Koh Tao Relax Resort is 200 baht (£5) per person, this may seem a lot for Thailand but there is a lot to do here and you can easily spend just one whole day here with the right planning.
💡To see how this is possible check out my reel on Instagram where I have planned the ‘perfect’ day at the resort.
Freedom beach is a small beach that has a few rows of deck chairs and tables placed along it, there is also space to lay down towels if you don’t manage to secure a deck chair.
I recommend arriving early, you ideally want to aim to be there before 10.30/11am to beat the crowds and ensure you get a good spot and a deck chair if you’d like one.
From the car park you can either head straight down to the beach by following the signs
🙋🏻♀️ Or I recommend following the signs down to Taa Toh Beach and walking across the boardwalk to Freedom Beach. This walkway takes you round the edge over the ocean and gives you stunning views of the blue waters.
The beach is separated from the ocean by a line of trees, these create a nice amount of shade and also add to the beauty of the space.
Once you’re here and you’ve secured a good spot either, head out to snorkel or just sit back and relax for the day.
On Freedom Beach itself you can get a traditional Thai massage at the secluded massage hut or head up to the beach bar and restaurant for some food and drinks. Although if you don’t feel like moving you can also get your food straight to your deck chair!
We tried a few of the fruit shakes, fresh coconuts and the chicken Pad Thai — they were all so tasty and I highly recommend.
Freedom Beach also has toilets and showers available just next to the bar.
Just make sure you stay for sunset! It is truly stunning from Freedom Beach. Many people head off up John Suwan Viewpoint but this can get very busy and overcrowded, if you stay put on the beach you will witness the large orange sun setting over the ocean just in front of you.
Freedom Beach, Koh Tao is the perfect place to soak in the slow pace of life on this little island, whilst being completely immersed in its natural surroundings.
Best Time to Visit
Koh Tao has 4 seasons cool and dry, hot and dry, hot and wet and monsoon season.
The best time to visit is generally the hot and dry season from January to May, this is also Koh Tao’s busiest time for tourists and when prices are at the highest.
💡 If you are looking to dive whilst you are in Koh Tao, visibility under the water can reach 30 meters in July, August and September although this is the wet season it’s something to consider.
Where to Stay
Luxury: Sensi Paradise Beach Resort
Overlooking Mae Haad Beach, Sensi Paradise Beach Resort is close enough to everything you need while still feeling as if you are in your own secret oasis. Sensi Paradise offers bungalows which all feature private balconies with garden, pool or sea views. All the bungalows are equipped with fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets, shower facilities, bathrobes, slippers and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel can book private fishing and snorkelling tours for you as well as assist with booking diving and transportation. The beach front restaurant offers a complimentary buffet breakfast as well as western and Thai style lunch and dinner. I have personally stayed here and cannot recommend it enough, from the accommodation to the staff and the location it for the perfect stay.
Mid range: The Ozo Koh Tao
I have stayed at The Ozo during one of our trips to Koh Tao. This 3* hotel offers everything you need to feel like you are getting a little bit of luxury while not breaking the bank. There are 5 different room options to suit each budget, each one has a balcony with views over the pool and jungle covered mountain behind. Room service is available and air conditioning, TV, safety deposit box, private bathroom, fridge and toiletries.
Budget: The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel
The Dearly is one of the highest rated hostels on the island. Dorm rooms here start from as little as £12 a night and there is a large variety of dorm sizes to choose from as well as private rooms. The hostel offers an on site bar and restaurant as well as free wifi throughout. There is a rooftop area to relax, a common room with TV, books and computers. Guests are also given access to a shared fridge.
If you love to laze around on the beach all day, especially in a beautiful location, this is the beach for you.
Yes Freedom Beach, Koh Tao may be one of the busiest spots on the island but that is because it is by far one of the most beautiful. Do not let the crowds put you off visiting – it is well worth it.
Get down there early and make the most of your day, don’t forget your snorkel and underwater camera, there are turtles and plenty of fish that can be spotted off shore, we even saw a sea snake!
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