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Mae Head Beach, Koh Tao: The Beach Guide

Mae Head Beach, Koh Tao: The Beach Guide

Welcome to The Beach Guide, beach bumming is my favourite pastime while I travel the world and I am on a mission to find the world’s best beaches!

In this guide series, I will bring you a short snapshot of every beach I visit along the way. This is to help you make a quick decision when planning a day out. These snapshots will help you get to the heart of every beach and know exactly what you are getting yourself in for before you go.

Every guide will give you a snapshot of quick facts about the beach, a short description of the vibe, an overview of what it offers and images to give you a visual idea.

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Mae Head Beach, Koh Tao

Quick Facts

  • Sandy Beach
  • Parking near the piers on the road for scooters 
  • Located in a bay the water is very calm and shallow at low tide
  • Swimming and snorkelling
  • No public toilets
  • Restaurants at the pier 
  • No sun loungers/ umbrellas

Mae Head Beach’s Vibe

Mae Head Beach is located just north of the main piers in Koh Tao, here you can find a nice big beach with plenty of space to spread out to feel like you have the place to yourself. The best way to access the beach is to walk from Mae Head centre, from here you can find an area marked out in the ocean for swimming as you are close to a lot of boats coming and going, this area where you can immediately stop can get very busy and due to the boats, the water is often very murky. 

If you are looking for a quieter day and want some good snorkelling, keep walking until you are almost level with Blue Chitta Hostel, here you can find a much quieter part of the beach and the water is crystal clear giving you an amazing chance to see some of the reef.

Located on the west coast of Koh Tao you can also catch an amazing sunset here!

There are some restaurants on the beach here but they are mainly located near the start by the pier, if you choose to sit here there are plenty of Thai and Western places to choose from, if you decide to walk further up then there are just a few hotels here.


Mae Head Beach does have some good snorkelling but it is not the best on the island, this is a great beach choice for those who are staying in Mae Head without a scooter and want someone nice to chill for the day and to swim in the sea. It is much quieter than the neighbouring Sairee Beach but does not have as much to offer in terms of food and drink.

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