The given name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst many others maintain it is from the day's when the sea surrounding the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
A culture shock to most people, but generally the island reacted 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 restaurants offering cuisine from around the world.
Koh Tao is small; 22 square km and fifty percent of that too steep to access.
Kohtao's climate is almost always beautiful. Clear days and a steady ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the best tropical island weather.
During the last 10 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
The islandnow has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir built to ensure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding the island was rich with turtles and the island was their main breeding site.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as farangs.