Ao Leuk Koh Tao: The Aow Leuk Beach & Bay In Thailand

by David & Intan

The Aow Leuk Beach is one of the nicest white sand beaches on Koh Tao island, and it’s hidden in the easy to reach Ao Leuk Bay.

The color of the water here is a unique shade of light blue, and it’s so bright it almost looks like Listerine or something.

This travel guide will explain how to get to Ao Leuk Koh Tao, and everything else you need to know before you go!

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Ao Leuk Koh Tao: What To Expect

Aow Leuk Beach is a great beach for soaking up sun, snorkeling, and kayaking.

It’s not the biggest beach on Koh Tao, but in my opinion it may be the nicest. It has perfect sand and turquoise water, but it’s not too remote or crowded.

There is a restaurant and a resort at the beach too if you want to stick around longer. Sadly I’ve heard some recent reports about rubbish at the beach, so please try to keep it clean if you visit.

Snorkeling is decent around the boulders on either side of the bay, and gives you a chance to see some nice, colorful reef fish and baby sharks.

Ao Leuk Koh Tao Aow Leuk Beach Bay Thailand

Drone view of snorkelers at coastal rocks

Ao Leuk Koh Tao Aow Leuk Beach Bay Thailand

Ao Leuk Koh Tao Aow Leuk Beach Bay Thailand

Kayaking To Shark Island

After you’re done exploring the main parts of Ao Leuk bay and beach, you should paddle a kayak out to Shark Island to continue the adventure!

This island looks like just a big clump of rocks, but there’s more snorkeling to be done here, and it’s also a great spot to get some drone shots.

The distance to the island is only about 1.3 kilometers (less than a mile) if you start from Aow Leuk Beach.

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Drone view of Shark Island in Koh Tao Thailand

Drone view of Shark Island in Koh Tao Thailand

Entrance Fees

FREE as of 2019. There’s no entry fee for Ao Leuk bay.

Look for the sign by the road that says free entrance to the beach.

Entrance sign for Ao Leuk beach in Koh Tao Thailand

How To Get To Ao Leuk Koh Tao

Aow Leuk Beach is located on the south east side of Koh Tao island.

The road to the beach is steep and rough at times, so you may want to park up the hill. Beach access is through the Aow Leuk Resort.

Look for the sign by the road that says Free Entrance To The Beach. Aow Leuk Grand Hill Resort (pic above). Take a left turn at the sign.

Ao Leuk is just a 10 minute drive from the main pier and tourist areas at Sairee Beach, and many places will rent you a scooter for 150 Baht ($5 USD) to explore the island all day.

Even better, our hotel in south Koh Tao was close enough to drive there in just 5 minutes!


More Koh Tao Tips

Looking for more information on the best things to do in Koh Tao, Thailand?

Check out my Koh Tao Island guide for a complete list with photos, maps, and more!

Where We Stayed

We stayed at a hotel called Aukotan Place in south Koh Tao. The price was $23 USD for a big double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and good WiFi.

This hotel includes free buffet breakfast even though it’s not mentioned on They also give a free daily transfer to and from the pier, and Sairee Beach, which was super handy, and they have scooter rentals for a good price.

The location of the hotel was perfect. It’s a 15 minute walk from Freedom Beach, Shark Bay, and John Suwan Viewpoint.

Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.

Our hotel bedroom in Koh Tao


Our hotel dining area in Koh Tao


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