Mango Bay

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Poppy W
London, UK47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Don’t go to mango bay!
The drive there is so dangerous, our friend who has never crashed. He crashed. It’s too sandy and rocky and once you arrive you pay and entry fee where you have to walk down MANY steps and climb over big boulders to get to the beach.
We left the hostel at 2:30 what was meant to be a 20 min drive was 59 mins because of the sand, and the all down there was about an hour.
There’s an abandoned house and a restaurant there but seriously it’s not worth it at all. Don’t go unless your on a snorkel tour.
Written 14 April 2023
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Nicole Y
Vancouver, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
What a beautiful bay. We went exploring and decided to visit Mango Bay. My boyfriend and I rented a motorbike. It was definitely a trek, some steep areas that weren't paved. I hopped off a few times and walked. We parked our bike not far from where you start to walk down.

We met up with a few other travellers and they decided the 200 baht per person wasn't worth it. They missed out! Not only does that money get used as a credit (we would have had lunch and bought water anyway) but it helps the beautiful resort ... and for what? $6 bucks? If you flew across the world and got as far as that stair climb, and didn't want to spend a surprise fee of 200 baht? Ha!

The bay was beautiful, the snorkeling fun, and the pad thai was delicious!

But be careful if you're not an experienced scooter driver and make sure you have good tred on the tires!
Written 2 June 2015
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Sarah S
Sheffield, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Well... We traveled through the worst dirt tracks we have seen so far on the island. I had to get off the back of the bike and walk through the worst parts so my partner could control the bike properly. We followed the signs for mango Bay to find we had to park at the top of some steps.
Half way down the gazillion steep steps, we were stopped by a girl of about 12 charging 100baht pp to continue. We got all the way to the bottom to find there was no access to the beach, only by boat, and we'd just paid to enter the hotel!!!
We turned back and asked for a refund but surprise surprise the girl just ignored us. We waited a while all the time asking for our money as no beach access and then left, at which point she ran up the steps after us and told her dad at the top that we had refused to pay. So he came and demanded money from us. We argued and he told us to leave.
I am so disappointed in this place!!! Especially as the ko Tao guide states there is scooter access down a difficult road. Difficult road, yes, access to the beach, no. If you want to go here don't risk your life, take a taxi boat.
Written 3 May 2016
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Sougata_Nupur
Frankfurt, Germany140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The waters are clear, the fishes are abundant and deep. Spend time drifting. I loved this place for the variety of fish and the corals.
Written 3 June 2015
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276JAMES
Bangkok, Thailand209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
This place has the best coral and clearest water of everywhere I saw on Koh Tao. It's quite difficult to get to by land, the dirt road is very long and steep and in poor condition. Many people park their bikes and walk. You have to pay 200B to enter which is exchanged for a voucher. It's enough to buy a drink and a burger while looking out over the beautiful bay.
Written 21 April 2015
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Ekaterina P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Just writing it here to alarm people looking for the beach in Koh Tao- estimate your possibilities well before going there. The beach is beautiful, but some couple we met on the way had their tires punctured. The road in some parts is quite off-road going though the forest- so if you are not an experienced driver try to choose place for your possibilities. Same goes to long stairs down the beach and back after. The restaurant and beach club where you get from the stairs is great though- food was delicious and sun beds very comfortable. Have cash!- the guy in the middle of the stairs doesn't have change for the entrance. Happened to many people on our way and to us- likely lovely family helped us to get in!
Written 18 August 2019
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Datraveller921
Hong Kong, China255 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018

We rented a motor bike while staying at a villa up a very steep slope (almost 45degree), we thought we managed it okay. Despite the warnings from a few TripAdvisor’s review, we decided it can’t be worse and give it a try riding a bike to Mango Bay for snorkeling. This was a wrong decision!

The road condition was not only bad as those mentioned in previous reviews but much worse if you go on a bike that rides 2 pax. It’s a very NARROW STEEP dirt road with lots of BIG CRACKS and SMALL ROCKS. There were several times the motorbike got stuck in the cracks and so bumpy that we lost balance and fell on the ground. (Luckily only slight scratches) From time to time there were paved road. But my partner had to get off and push the scooter up and down rough hill under the hot sunny weather while I walk on my own so it’s safer for him to control. It also hard to walk on those slopes as the sandy rocks are slippery. I think it will be worse if it’s raining and muddy. It is important to have enough gasoline, ours dropped from full tank to a quarter when we got there, probably wasted a lot trying to recover from the cracks. By the time we got to the parking, both of us were already exhausted!

We entered via some stair which looks like a back door of a resort and descend towards the water. Maybe about 10-15mins walk downwards. When we arrived, the staff of the Mango Bay boutique resort noticed us and ask us the pay 100bht entry fee. I thought all the way I was taking a illegitimate route hence going through all the danger. (Honestly, I don’t mind to pay but if it’s an official entry of a resort, I actually expected safer road condition). Anyway, after we paid, we went straight down to snorkeling. The area is actually stunning, water is crystal clear, fishes are everywhere. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to get to the beach. We only snorkel for 45mins as we were both stressed about our way back, we absolutely don’t want to go through those road condition in the dark, no street light and mobile has no service to call for help!!!

Luckily, we made it. But I hope no one has to go through this anxiety again. The road is only made for mountain climbers.

I’ve several suggestions for those who want to snorkel at the bay:

1. join a 600bht day trip that takes u to Nangyuan Island + 5 other snorkeling destinations. pro is cheaper and u have a complete island coverage. Con is the number of tourist and inflexibility of the schedule.
2. Ride the bike until a checkpoint, then walk through the rest of it. May take about 1.5hours. (We bumped into a couple that did that.)
3. Stay with the hotel, they seem to have a mountain climber that can pick you up. Of course, be ware if u have a weak stomach.
4. Take a private long tail boat. The price I got was 2300bht for 2 person and we can have the boat completely to ourselves and choose your own destinations.

Mango bay is nice, but the types of fishes are similar to those u see in Nangyuan island and shark Bay. If you must go, I’d suggest to take the safer options.
Written 25 May 2018
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Hugenounours
Paris, France69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This is a nice snorkeling but not amazing because there are so many people, so many boats for diving and thus few fishes. Might be nice if you stay there but bring your foods and drinks...
Written 30 August 2016
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gottfriedstutz
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Don’t go here. It’s a rip off; you have to pay entry fee and will end up disappointed. There is no beach here and if there are just some small waves it’s impossible to go into the water.
The Road IS an adventure but for us it was the best part of the trip.
Written 7 April 2016
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FayViv
Senohraby, Czech Republic138 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We went there uninformed of the weather, conditions etc., so you better beware!

The road down here is the worst we have experienced (oh, how I will be now ok with any steep roads back at home!). In one point you really have to park your motorbike as the further road is closed and private (leading to the resorts). Even then walking down the road is aweful, exhausting and pretty dangerous. The concrete road is not finished yet. I dunno how visible and understandable it is from the pictures I hereby upload but in several parts the road is so very steep... I tried measuring the steepness by an app in my phone and it showed me 30° - does it help?

Beware that there is even no signal should you need to call anyone (for help? emergency?).

Once we got closer to the bay (still very high above the sea though) we reached some kind of steps that lead to the Mango Bay Grand Resort. Suddenly, on the steps there's a spot where you have to pay entrance fee (100 baht/person) to be able/allowed to continue down to the bay. Compared to another review writer here, we paid the fee (and I can understand they do not want anyone to enter it and therefore they charge the fee... although the steep road, awful way itself is a big price for going there) and went on. However, once we reached the restaurant nearest to the bay, we found out that we can have a look around but have to leave again as the waves were far too dangerous to go into water, also there was no way to enter the water (except jumping into it - but it's very rocky and dangerous).

We noticed a nice beach at Aow Muang Resort but we were told we could either go there climbing the rocks in the hill or get there by boat which doesn't go now (again, because of the waves). Normally, people can swim to get there.

The only positive thing about all this was that on the way back up the hill to the motorbike we got a ride on the 4x4 car with other people who were leaving the resort. Otherwise I would not give even the one single point (out of five) here on TripAdvisor was it not for the nice guy giving us the ride.
Written 6 February 2016
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