Not to be confused with the island Koh Tao, Khao Tao is a small village around 15km south of Khao Takiab.
The biggest attraction here is the delightful little bay and beach at Hat Sai Noi and the large Khao Tao temple complex.
To get there turn left off the highway at the sign for Khao Tao, over the railway and turn right before the lake, follow it round and keep to the left at the fork (otherwise you'll end up in the army camp).
There is a small sheltered bay at Haad Sai Noi with two or three restaurants serving good food, plenty of seating but does get busy at weekends. Swimming is good as it gets deep quick however jellyfish have been spotted here.
Khao Tao also has an impressive temple complex with several caves, many Buddha statues, shrines, fishing village, fresh water lakes and lookouts.
Khao Tao, Haad Sai Noi and Haad Sai Yai make a great day trip from Hua Hin or Khao Takiab.
If you would like to ask any questions about Khao Tao or the surrounding areas, fire away on our South of Hua Hin forum.
All images here are of the temple at Khao Tao