On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of Thailand's real tropical gems. Blessed with postcard like beaches and secluded bays, people from many different countries come again every year to soak up the unforgettable Thai culture.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local dive shops available.
The given name Koh Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted turtle while others claim it's from the days when the sea nearby the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that merchants from other places were expanding their islandto provide all these new visitors and they too instantly started to businesses to satisfy all the clients demands.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering different food from all over the globe.
Departures & arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
This was at the same time that the first settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.