The name KoToa means Turtle Island; many say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upturned turtle whilst many others maintain it's from the days when the sea near the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalowson Koh Taofor differnt type of budget, availible to book online provided by PhanganIsland.com. Koh Taoisland is located about 75 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 22 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
Unlike before 2000, visitors can get today everything from low-priced plain wooden bungalows with thatched roofs to elegant exclusive places with their own private swimming pool and facilities.Ko Tao is a little island near of Koh Phangan.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas isolated once again. This was in the same year that the first people laid claim to a large portion of land on what is at this time recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KoToa by a boat from the neighbouring islandof KohPhangan.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for KohTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a number of enterprises established a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortschanged into a quite developed places.