The beautiful city beach of Koh Tao
It is always busy at the pier of Mae Haad, as it is the main harbour for the boats arriving every hour to bring their passengers to the lovely island of Koh Tao. A few metres south and north of the pier are the two beach areas of Mae Haad, which in spite of the hustle and bustle are very quiet and beautiful. The southern part seems nearly deserted and there are only a few people to be seen on the sand or on the sun-loungers which belong to the complex there. In spite of the many boats, the white sand is clean and the water is great for splashing about. At the most southern end is a small reef where snorkelers can get their money's worth.
The beach to the north of the pier seems even more tropical than its southern counterpart and there are a few more people to be seen here. Enormous palm-trees line the beach and at both ends there are giant rocks separating it from the neighbouring beach of Sairee. Snorkelling is also great here and divers can even explore an old offshore shipwreck here.
Most holidaymakers staying in Mae Haad enjoy the proximity to the village, where there is something for everybody, such as souvenir shops, restaurants offering delicious food and massage parlours.
Accommodation is basic, but not expensive here and as Mae Haad is not far from the popular party beach of Sairee, it attracts mainly young backpackers. Mae Haad is also a perfect base for exploring all the other bays by scooter.