Looking for a luxurious stay by the beach but on a tight budget? Then, book a room at Captain Nemo Guesthouse, a premium budget choice besides the Mae Haad Pier. Located on the lone island of Koh Tao, Thailand, the guesthouse is well-known for its satisfying service and room qualities, and speaking of the latter, there are only 6 rooms available here. Therefore, the whole guesthouse gets fully booked rather easy.
Captain Nemo Guesthouse stands on the remote island of Koh Tao (translated as “Turtle Island”), a hidden tourist spot in Thailand. Here, the ocean’s natural ecosystem remains untouched and untainted by human change. That alone makes it a perfect spot for divers to enjoy diving or to swim and enjoy the pure experience.
Adding to the natural spot is the modern activities, in which Koh Tao Island is famous for. The main town is packed with luxurious hotels, bars, shops, restaurants, and more. Furthermore, just north of the town is the massive Sairee Beach, arguably the ultimate nightlife spot in Thailand. Here, you can find tons of high-end clubs such as The Castle, Vibe, and FIZZ Beach Lounge, including many luxurious hotels scattered around.
It’s safe to say that Koh Tao is one of the more exclusive tourist spots in Thailand. You’ll have to spend quite a bit of cash to fully enjoy the experience there. Not to mention, the only way to reach the island is via a ferry to the Mae Haad Pier. As this adds onto the potentially high budget of the overall trip, saving money for lodging becomes mandatory.
Although located in the centre of the town, it’s only 300 metres away from Mae Haad Pier, making it highly accessible. From the outside, you’ll be greeted with the green and cheerful exterior design, along with an elegant statue of a goddess. Then, once inside, admire the lavish tropical design tracing every part of the hotel. Overall, the design alone makes Captain Nemo Guesthouse a well-loved Instagram opportunity, which is always a plus.
But what about the rooms themselves? Are they comfortable enough for you?
As mentioned before, Captain Nemo Guesthouse only hosts 6 rooms, each with different amenities and prices. And they are:
● Standard Double Room
While this is the basic room type, it is nevertheless packed with comfortable amenities. The room is equipped with a king-sized bed, AC, refrigerator, electric kettle, safe, free bottled water, and coffee/tea maker. Moreover, it also has a clean bathroom with shower. To put it simply, it’s a perfect room for a single person or two.
● Standard Twin Room
While the amenities and comfort of this room are pretty much identical to the Standard Double Room, what sets it apart is that the room is equipped with two beds for 3 people; a single bed and a queen-sized bed.
● Superior Double Room
For a more premium and personal room, Captain Nemo Guesthouse offers the Superior Double Room. Unlike the first two rooms, this one has a private bathroom with a heater equipped to the shower. While it has a smaller queen-sized bed compared to the standard one, the room is still very comfortable.
● Deluxe Double Room
The best personal room type for a person or two, Deluxe Double Room is packed with a king-sized bed. Plus, it has similar amenities to the Superior Double Room, including the heater in the bathroom.
● Family Room for 4 People
If you’re travelling with a family or in a group, Captain Nemo Guesthouse has two specialised rooms. One of those is this 4-people Family Room, equipped with a queen-sized bed and a large twin bunk bed. It has enough space that doesn’t make the room feel cluttered even with its complete set of amenities.
● Family Room for 7 People
A room for 4 people isn’t enough for you? Then, consider this 7-people Family Room as the perfect choice for you. Also considered the most luxurious room in Captain Nemo Guesthouse, it has 2 queen-sized beds, a twin bed, and a double bed. The room has its own private living room and balcony, plus several comfortable seats for massaging services. Apart from those amenities, there’s also a large cabinet and a complete set of amenities, in addition to a private bathroom.
Aside from all those 6 comfortable rooms, the guesthouse has other facilities for the guests. It has a complimentary WiFi connection available for all rooms as well as personal housekeeping you can book beforehand. Additionally, Captain Nemo Guesthouse also offers a quality massaging service with traditional Thai techniques.
Activities-wise, you can do scuba-diving, swimming, and fishing at Mae Haad Beach 6 minutes away on foot from the guesthouse. Around the guesthouse, you can find restaurants, shops, and bars selling many local products. Vehicle rentals are also available, so you can easily rent a car or bike and travel around Koh Tao.
If you plan to enjoy a wonderful nightlife at Sairee Beach, rent a bike or car. Just a short 5-minute drive (2.5km) away is the local high-end nightlife area, where you can have fun and let your hair down because almost no other place in Ko Tao has a decent nightlife compared to the one here!
Due to its remote location, you can only reach the guesthouse by boat. You can rent one and set sail to four different spots: Surat Thani, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Chumphon. The nearest port to Koh Tao is Koh Samui, which takes about an hour to reach the former. On the other hand, the farthest port is Chumpon, which would take a 6-hour journey to reach Mae Haad Pier.
As for travelling by plane, the nearest airport to Koh Tao is the Koh Samui Airport. From there, ride a ferry straight to the Mae Haad Pier. Mind you, for its convenience; this transportation method is the most expensive one.
Besides, how do you reach Captain Nemo Guesthouse if you’ve just arrived in Bangkok? Well, you can also fly to Chumphon or Surat Thani airport, then continue with a ferry from the local port to Koh Tao. There are also two other methods to reach Chumphon and ultimately reach Koh Tao; riding a bus or taking an overnight trip.
But for all its effort, reaching Koh Tao is worth it. Therefore, if you plan to visit the remote island, consider the journey as a part of the experience and enjoy yourself.
Staying in Koh Tao will demand you to be patient and have enough cash for the whole trip. But believe it, everything about the experience there is worth every bit of effort. To reduce your lodging cost while still retaining comfort, there’s no better place than Captain Nemo Guesthouse. It has everything you need that makes you feel comfortable and special in this hidden gem area.