Finally, after days of gray weather, we were greeted by blue skies. I knew exactly where I wanted to take my family and friends to enjoy this gorgeous day: Sai Nuan, my favorite beach on Koh Tao! It’s in a tiny bay tucked into the Southwest corner of Koh Tao, accessible by longtail boat or a walking path through the jungle from Mae Haad. For more directions, consult this map.
Sai Nuan features just one resort tucked back into the rocks and trees, making it feel like a lost paradise. There are few amenities and little advice to share about this favorite spot of mine. Thus, this post is mostly about eye candy.
There are no jetskis, pool parties, or beach vendors to distract from the beauty of the beach. There is one form of man-made entertainment: a wooden swing hung from a palm tree.
A swing from which my boyfriend would prefer to swing undocumented. Sorry, dear. That’s what you get for dating a travel blogger. And Mark’s face as shown here, which I like to call the Mark No More Camera Face, is what I get in return.
Thank goodness for my friend Steffi, who was a much more smiley model on this day.
I was thrilled when Steffi, Anton and Mark took on the task of building an epic sandcastle, meaning that I could finally be alone with my copy of the second Hunger Games book, which I had my father bring me from America.
Mark and I have very different ideas of what constitutes an excellent beach day. For him, it is throwing frisbees, having swim races and other athletic contests and apparently, building mini cities out of sand. For me, it is lying around like a beached manatee reading, occasionally punctuated by brief breaks to float in the ocean like an un-beached manatee. So every once in a while its nice to have some other people around so I can read guilt-free!
Their end result was mighty impressive, but I don’t think that’s any surprise considering Steffi is an industrial designer by trade.
The sand fortress was only missing an occupant, a quandary which was solved when I spotted this shy little beach crab nearby.
I think he liked his new home.
Sai Nuan is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day. Swimming, snorkeling, reading, sand castle building… I can’t think of a nicer setting to do it in.
Do you have a favorite beach somewhere in the world? Tell me, I’ll add it to my bucket list!