This was the same year that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kho Tao is about to become in the last years to a scuba diverstop destination in Thailand.
A huge range of fishes and some beautiful coral reefs offer divers all they need. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and Mountain Treks.
Local farmers and fishermen saw that people from outside Thailand were developing their island to provide all these new clients and they too instantly launched a businesses to fulfil all the visitors demands.
Without question, Ko Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
There is a wide range of Bungalowson Koh Taofor every kind of budget, availible to book in advance on this website.
Koh Tao islandis positioned approximately 60 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 20 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
Ko Tao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
The given name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; most say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted turtle whilst others state it's from the days when the sea close to the islandwas full of turtles and the island was their breeding area.