Without question, Kohtaohas some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in SE Asia.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.
The island is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current re-development, Turtle island has retained it's charm, though it now caters for everybodys tastes and budgets.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding Koh Taowas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
This was at the same time that the 1st settlers laid claim to a big part of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
A huge variety of marine life and some amazing coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include trekking and Jungle Treks. Koh Taois a place of exotic beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.