The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the water surrounding KoTao was swimming with turtles and Koh Taowas their main breeding ground.
The name Koh Tao means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst many others maintain it's from the day's when the water surrounding the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of tourist visiting the island have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
Not like before 2000, guests can get now everything from inexpensive basic wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant high-class places with a private swimming pool and facilities.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of Thailand's true tropical gems. Blessed with postcard like beaches and secluded bays, visitors from many different countries come again year after year to soak up the unforgettable feeling of the island.
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.
Kho Tao's weatheris the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Nice weatherdays and a steady ocean breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, end of December to the end of March is the ideal vacation islandexperience.