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.

drone shot in koh tao abandoned resort
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 1km 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 to the abandoned resort on Koh Tao. 

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A Brief History

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. 

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. Just remember to take your trash with you. 

Where to Stay on Koh Tao – Accommodation Guide

There are several options for travelers looking to stay on Koh Tao island. To save you time, I’ve listed some of the best options below.

HOSTEL RIGHT NEXT TO MAE HEAD PIER FOR $6 / NIGHT – BLACK WOOD HOSTEL
The Black Wood Hostel is one of the highest-rated hostels on Koh Tao and is located just a 5-minute walk to from Mae Head Pier. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re coming in on a later boat or looking for a central hostel close to the pier.

BEST BACKPACKER HOSTEL IN SAIREE FOR UNDER $10 / NIGHT – BP HOSTEL
BP Hostel has shared accommodation options which all include Air Con for the hotter Koh Tao nights. It’s also located in the heart of Sairee and close to the beach, smile mart and the Koh Tao pub-crawl.

TOP GUEST HOUSE ON KOH TAO – NIRVANA GUEST HOUSE
This guest house has the best ratings on Koh Tao. It’s also very close to Mae Head pier and several quality dive schools. It’s also another budget-friendly option for couples or solo backpackers.

best beaches on koh tao

More Koh Tao Travel Guides and Inspiration

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.

For now, why not check out some more Koh Tao travel guides and blogs from the list below? A good starting point is this list of the 14 Best Things to do on Koh Tao.

7 Best Things to do in Khao Lak, Thailand
Fighting Muay Thai In Thailand as a Foreigner
Tanote Bay – Cliff Jumping Beach on Koh Tao
BEST Secret Sunset Spot on Koh Tao, Thailand
Best Secret Freediving Location on Koh Tao, Thailand


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