History Of Koh Tao

Koh Tao History
It is located on the east side of the Surat Thani coastline with two neighbouring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The name Koh Tao in English means “Turtle Island”, as the island used to be inhabited by turtles, and its shape also resemble a turtle when viewed from Koh Phangan. The island’s natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere and life style has been attracting people here for over 35 years and it is now a warm second home for many. Koh Tao has developed in many ways, and with its thriving diving industry is now one of the leading centers for dive education in the world.

 Koh Tao is a fairly remote island lying 47 km north of its closest neighbour, Koh Phangan. All together with Koh Nang Yuan, the island forms a small archipelago with a total area of 19.2 square kilometers. The island is divided up into three villages, Mae Haad and Sairee on the west coast and Chalok Baan Kao on the south.

 Until the year of 1943, only local fishing boats visited Koh Tao, and the island was a jungle with an abundance of turtles. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn – Rama V, visited the island on June 18, 1899, and had his initials carved on a large boulder at his Jor Por Ror on the southern end of Sairee Beach, a place that now is a place of worship.

 During the Years of 1943 and 1944, the island was used as a political prison with prisoners of the Barawadesh Uprising transferred here from Koh Tarutao. In 1944, the prisoners were released and everyone returned back to the mainland leaving the island deserted once more.

 In the middle of 1977, the first travellers came to dive and explore the undiscovered and pristine underwater world. They arrived on fishing boats, which then transported coconuts. Since then the island has changed from one of fisherman and gardeners, to a place of tourism which now offers the infrastructure, facilities and choices of activity to serve about 350.000 travellers each year.

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Koh Tao History

Koh Tao History

Koh Tao History

Koh Tao History

Koh Tao History

Koh Tao History

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  1. November 21, 2014

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