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How to Find the Abandoned Resort on Koh Tao

How to Find the Abandoned Resort on Koh Tao

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

The Abandoned Resort on Koh Tao is tucked away on the quiet Laem Thian Beach on the far Eastern Corner of Koh Tao. 

Getting to the abandoned resort requires a hike through the jungle hills and cutting through small local island village communities. It takes roughly one hour to get there from Jitsin and there is a rough dirt path the entire way. 

In this guide, I’ll give you tips for getting here and what to expect once you arrive.

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The Abandoned Resort sits in a narrow stretch of coastline between two bays on the East Side of Koh Tao.  

How to Get to the Abandoned Resort

The hike starts about 1 km East from the general Sairee Beach area. Head up towards Smile Mart, passing Asia Divers on the way. You will need to head to Tarna Align Hotel where you can park your motorbike and start the hike.

Once you arrive at the hotel, you will need to walk up the hill, keeping the hotel on your left side. You will notice a dirt road that goes straight and heads into the jungle and up the hill. This is the road that you will need to follow the entire way until you get to the abandoned resort. 

There are several misleading paths on both sides along the track. However, the best advice is to simply head straight and don't make any turns. After about an hour of walking over the mountain, you will notice the abandoned bungalows and buildings. You've made it.

Exploring koh tao's abandoned resort

What You Need to Know About the Abandoned Resort

Little is known as to why the resort has been abandoned. However, locals have suggested that prior to the closure it did not hold the best reputation. This, coupled with the sorry state of the dirt track leading to the resort, may have meant that it was just too difficult to keep it open. 

Tripadvisor reviews seem to indicate that the Laem Thian Resort was abandoned some time around 2014. The location is very remote and it is difficult to understand how they were catering for tourists other than regular boat transfers. 

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What to do at the Abandoned Resort

No doubt as soon as you arrive at the abandoned resort you will be exploring the crumbling sea-view suites and the hanging jungle bungalows. You can check out the old kitchen and reception, which still boasts the Free Wifi sign. 

Just remember to be respectful since although it is abandoned, it is still private property. If you know enough about Koh Tao then you know how important it is not to upset the wrong person. 

Swimming and Snorkeling

Just opposite the abandoned resort, on the other side of the bay is a famous Koh Tao dive site. The bay has crystal clear waters with vibrant coral and marine life. You can even spot the occasional turtle in this bay so keep an eye out. 

Cliff Jumping

Since the resort is situated on a thin stretch of land between two coves, you will find high rocks on either side. On the southern side of the bay, there are some high rocks and cliffs to jump off.

Spending the Night

Although we didn't sleep here, the abandoned resort is a popular spot for backpackers to hang a hammock and camp. The building is in decent enough condition to provide shelter for a night's stay.

Just keep in mind that there is no phone reception and that the location is quite remote. And bring your trash with you.

Update: Camping is not recommended due to safety concerns and the lack of facilities. There are better camping options elsewhere on Koh Tao.

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Where Else to Stay on Koh Tao

If you're wondering where to stay on Koh Tao Island and you want to be close to the main activities and beaches, pick a stay near Sairee Beach.

However, other great options include Mae Haad, or for a more secluded vibe, check out the southern beaches or even the east coast around Tanote Bay. Below are my top picks.

Jamahkiri resort & spa koh tao

1. Jamahkiri Resort & Spa Luxury

A great bang-for-buck luxury dive resort at the beachfront of Shark Bay in a quiet and secluded location away from the hustle and bustle.

Phandara luxury pool villas koh tao

2. Phandara Pool Villas Mid-Range

A luxury villa option for those who want their own kitchen & pool. Located on the hill up to Wooden Rock Viewpoint.

Summer guesthouse and hostel koh tao

3. Summer Guesthouse Budget

Located within walking distance of the dive shops and pub crawls on Sairee Beach, this is the top-budget hostel option with a great vibe.


Is it safe to visit the abandoned resort?

I consider it generally safe during daylight hours but you should be careful on the trail since this jungle does have snakes. There are also unstable structures and overgrown paths in this area so you'll need to be careful.

Can you enter the buildings at the resort?

Entering the buildings is not officially permitted due to safety concerns. Exploring the exterior and surrounding area is safer.

Is there any cost to visit the abandoned resort?

No there are no costs since it is completely abandoned. There is nobody here usually!

Is the hike to the abandoned resort difficult?

The hike is moderately challenging with steep and uneven terrain. It's best suited for those with a good level of fitness. It can also get very hot on the trail, so pack some water and take your time.

I hope that this quick guide to finding the abandoned resort on Koh Tao has been useful. If you have any questions or any updated information for other travelers, make sure to leave a comment below.

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Big Fish Hunter

Saturday 15th of April 2023

I was lucky enough to stay a few times in the early 90's and once in around 99. I often wonder what happened to Mama and Papa who would probably be in their 80's now if they are still alive and Ping who would be in her mid 40's. I do have a feeling a German or Austrian man got involved somehow with the resort at some point.