And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
During the last twelve years KohTaohas transformed in many ways as it strived to become one of the main diveislands in Southeast Asia, attracting all levels of water lovers and divers alike.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; many say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upturned turtle while many others state it is from the days when the water near the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
Kohtao's weather is almost always beautiful. Clear days and a steady sea breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the perfect vacation island weather.
Kohtao is a little island near Chumphon.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas uninhabited yet again. This was in the same year that the initial people started to claim a big segment of land on what is at this time identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Toa by a boat from the next island of Ko Phangan.
Here they found some thing more then just a new island to explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the wonderful newly found tropical island paradise of KohTao.
In ore by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
These were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached the island by boat from the neighboring island of Kho Phangan, the island was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from staking their claim.