Koh Tao

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Koh Tao, a beautiful Island who's name means Turtle Island. Once used as a prison (1933-1947) the island has in recent years become well known for its diving. The Island was unpopulated for most of history and did not became home to a Thai community shortly after the last prisoner was released in 1947.

The King Rama V visited the Island in 1899 and a boulder at Jor Por Ror is still a place of worship as a result of the visit.

The Island first became a backpackers destination and word quickly spread. Over the last decade the Island has become a major Dive site that attracts both professional and beginners from all over the world.

Koh Tao has one main road and the other road tend to be dirt tracks and trails.

Getting around Koh Tao is best by Pick-up and Motorbike Taxis. There are also Boat Taxis that can be found on most of the main beaches.

Apart from Diving you can also hire mountain bikes with a number of trails that you can follow. The best way to discover the beauty of the Island is to go trekking on foot.

The main beach is Sairee Beach and has a large range of hotels, dive centres, restaurants Bars, shops and other services.

Peak seasons in Ko Tao are from December to March and July to August. It is a quite popular destination amongst Thais also, so it can be nearly fully booked on Thai holidays.

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