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More to see in Ko Tao Island
Though Ko Tao was the place, where sailors came for holidays for centuries, it was inhabited quite recently. Until the mid of the 20th century, all those who were not to the government’s liking were sent here. Decades after their amnesty in 1947 the present settlements were created. The first inhabitants were the two brothers, Khun Uaem and Khun Oh. The beginning of the construction started in the Sairee Beach. You shouldn’t expect to find architectural monuments from the past or the artifacts from the previous civilizations here. Those, who are interested in the history of Thailand, better go to the mainland and visit the museums and the exhibitions in the capital. The main landmark of the island is its amazing nature, which doesn’t really suffer from the destructive influence of the civilization. If you decided to visit all the important sites on the island, you should start with Jor Por Ror bay. In the South part of the beach, there is the stone of Rama V, the first King of Thailand, who visited Ko Tao. It happened in relatively recent 1899. On his initiative, the island was inhabited in future. The biggest and the only one museum on the island, which is dedicated to the fishing, is located here. Its visit is mandatory for those, who like the fishing as well as for those, who want to find out more about Ko Tao. The exposition of the museum includes a great variety of different fishing devices, some of which were created by Thai, and rare haul. The … Read further

Our guide to Ko Tao Island

Cuisine and top restaurants

As everywhere in Thailand, rice is the base for most of the courses in Ko Tao. They cook it in hundreds of different ways and serve everywhere with vegetables, meat or fish. No surprise here, “food” in Thai means “eat rice”. Don’t question the color of the rice. Here they sell and serve yellow, and black, and red, and jasmine, and many other kinds of rice. The Thai also like noodles and usually use it … Open

Traditions and mentality of Ko Tao Island

Another interesting thing is that uneven numbers for Thai are lucky. Number 4 here, as in the other Asian countries, means death. In Ko Tao the Buddhist holidays are widely celebrated – Loi Krathong in November, Songkran in April, Visakha Bucha in May, Van Khyn Pi Ma on January 1st, Sat Thai in September. Independence Day, the date of the coronation, Father's Day, and Mother’s Day are also celebrated. … Open

Travel guide to Ko Tao Island

Vacationers, who have little interest in diving and simply want to sunbathe is a serene atmosphere, will also not be disappointed. The resorts of Sairee and Mae Haad have everything they want and even more. These resorts have a well-developed infrastructure, a broad range of hotels, massage salons, spa centers, restaurants, and shops. Water is incredibly clean at this part of the island, so the resorts are suitable … Open

Ko Tao Island for children - what to visit

Ko Tao in Thailand is fairly called an “island of pensioners and children”. Though there are no aqua parks or amusement parks on its territory, there are still a lot of opportunities to spend time here with your children. Ko Tao, as well as other small islands, is perfect for active and curious children, who are ready for new emotions and experience. However, if your child intends to spend the whole time at the … Open

Best beaches

Ko Tao has a famous beach resort of international scale; we are talking about the exclusive village of Mae Haad. Despite its modest size and charm of past centuries, it differs with literally ideal infrastructure; it’s home to upscale diving centers, sports shops, upmarket hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. The resort will suit fans of outdoor activities, which in addition to beach activities will be able to … Open

Attractions and active leisure

Ko Tao does not attract only those, who like diving. Although, most of the tourists come because of its beautiful underwater world. There are several reasons for such popularity of the island. The first and probably the most important one is good visibility and a comfortable water temperature. Another important factor is that the diving sites are close to the island. A rare trip to the diving place will take you more … Open

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