Next to Chalok Baan Kao, separated by a peninsula, is the large private bay of Thian Og. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Tao, and a very quiet spot which rarely gets very busy. Ao Thian Og is perfect for chilling out and enjoying the serene side of Koh Tao.
From the end of the peninsula you can walk to John Suwan Viewpoint, with spectacular vistas overlooking Ao Chalok Baan Kao to the left and Ao Thian Og to the right. The access road between Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og has been closed, however.
The snorkelling is not as impressive as a storm killed a lot of coral in the bay, although this is slowly recovering farther out. Visitors are virtually guaranteed to see lots of black tip reef sharks, however. To pamper the aching muscles after your swim or walk, you can treat yourself to a treatment at Jamahkiric Spa.
Known locally as Rocky Bay or Shark Bay, this is a good spot on Koh Tao for snorkelling with groups of two-metre-long black tip reef sharks. There may look impressive but are essentially harmless, although it will be hard to convince yourself of that when half-a-dozen start circling you!
Thian Og is a stunningly beautiful bay boasting soft squeaky sand and bejewelled by coconut palms. There are a few small restaurants offering the standard array of Thai staples and Western tourist favourites, and a variety of accommodation. Local ladies offer massages on the beach and there are kayaks and snorkelling gear for rent.
Going for a swim at low tide can be tricky due to the abundance of coral which can be damaged, so extreme care is mandatory. Renting a kayak can be a better idea at these times. Other than proliferation of reef sharks, other species including green turtles, barracuda, titan triggerfish, rabbitfish, parrotfish and Skunk Anenome can be commonly spotted here.
A large proportion of Thian Og’s reef was severely damaged recently and efforts are being made to encourage re-growth. Although it is a popular beach and often has a few visitors, it is rarely crowded enough to make one feel uncomfortable.
Ao Thian Og Resorts
New Heaven Dive Resort is a great good value option, a short walk up from Thian Og beach. The resort is built on the hillside, set in lush tropical gardens. All the bungalows have sea views and private terraces, perfect for enjoying the sea views. The restaurant is set at the top on a huge deck and has a great atmosphere serving up delicious Thai food. Yoga classes are available on request. The rates vary from 1300 Baht for a fan bungalow up to 3,900 Baht for the honeymoon suite. Family bungalows have two interconnecting bedrooms and are 3,200 Baht with A/C…more details and booking
Jamahkiri Spa & Resort is located here and is an up market option for those looking for a bit of luxury. The resort is built around the rock formations and set above the bay and in the jungle making the most of the natural beauty of the area. The rates range from 5,000 baht for the deluxe elegant rooms with all amenities up to 30,000 for the royal suite with two bedrooms and private terrace. There is a spa on site for massages, facials and steam rooms. The restaurant serves traditional Thai food with a view over neighbouring islands and the lounge bar has pool table. The resort has a pool and fitness centre…more details and booking