Tourist information about the island of Ko Tao (Thailand)
General information about Koh Tao
Koh Tao (Ko Tao, Koh Tao also also Turtle Island) is a popular tourist island in Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand. The mainland from the island removed at 65 kilometers and the nearest neighbouring tourist Islands of Koh Phangan 35 kilometers (the position of the Koh Tao map Thailand). The topography of the island is formed by low hills (the highest point just above 300 meters), covered with dense forests. Throughout the Islands, including hills and jungles, you can move freely.
The island is small, only 7 by 3 km and an area of 21 square kilometer. He looks like a real baby compared to its famous neighbours Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, and, of course, less visited, well developed and popular. However, it can offer tourists something that will not offer its major neighbors: the island is popular among tourists as one of the best places in Thailand for diving, as well as attractive lovely beach holiday.
In Thai, the island's name translates as Turtle Island. It received this name, supposedly on the basis of its similarity with a turtle (really, if you look down, there's something). It is also known that once on the shores of Koh Tao sea turtle taken out their offspring. Actually the correct name of the island is pronounced more like Tau, not Tao, but in the Russian language strengthened writing and pronouncing it "Ko Tao". Besides, it should be noted that "Koh Tao" is also not quite the correct spelling, since "Ko" is also in Thai means island, so it seems as the island of "Koh Tao".
In the past Koh Tao was uninhabited, and in the period from 1933 to 1947 it was a colony of political prisoners. Currently, the prison is closed and all the prisoners staying in prison, he received Amnesty, and many of them posthumously.
Every day the population of the island filled up by new settlers, for which the island built new residential buildings. Many of the settlers, by the way, former tourists and even our fellow citizens.
Entertainment and attractions in Koh Tao, things to do
Koh Tao was uninhabited until the moment have not yet been investigated coastal areas. Divers who explored the coastal water areas was extremely surprised when I found that the island has stunning coral reefs, close to which is bustling diverse marine life. Marine life the waters around Tau was incredible! They carried a full palette of colors that simply can not leave indifferent any diver or tourist.
This research gave impetus to attracting divers from all over the world. Currently, Tau-built dive centres, allowing to provide a tourist or just a fan of underwater travel all the necessary equipment. Beginners in this field can seek the help of specialized divers, paying professional courses. The most popular place for diving and swimming mask is Tahoe the harbour, as close to it, immersed at a slight depth, to search out hundreds of beautiful tropical fish and a variety of spectacular coral reefs.
But those who are not yet ready to diving, you can still explore the underwater marine life around the island with snorkeling. The water around the island most of the year is very clear, the visibility for snorkeling is just great.
In addition to diving, the island has activities such as rock climbing and Thai Boxing, a very interesting Hiking tours in the jungle and the mountains (hills). For unforgettable relaxation, you can seek the services of Thai massage therapists.
Also the island is a real Paradise for lovers of mountain bike or motorcycle. While driving you can not only get pleasure from sports, but the true delight of different the scenery during the drive.
In the waters of Koh Tao you can visit the "Cape Shark". It is believed that there can be sure to meet the formidable predators that are sure to excite any tourist, and give him the opportunity to get the maximum level of adrenaline. Although actually sharks there are completely safe for humans.
In order to make sure the "turtle" circuit of the island, you can do a lap around the coastline of the island by kayak. At the same time thus there is an opportunity to see a variety of paths for coastal areas and leading to a variety of attractions of Ko Tao. Tourists vacationing on the island, you must visit the higher his point - "Two" (Two View). Climbed on it, you can look over the entire surrounding beautiful view. Also the splendid panorama of the island can be observed from the point-John-Suwan Viewpoint, located on the southern edge of the island.
It is impossible to ignore such an attraction Jor Por Ror. It is applied to the area of the rock monogram, appeared to mark a visit by the king of this island.
At the moment the most crowded points To Tau are the Chalok beach (Chalok Ban Kao), the beach May had (Ban Mae Haad) and Sairee Beach (Haad Sairee). The most attractive beach for tourists on Tau recognized Sairee, with a length of 1.7 km, and On it the traveler can always find a comfortable hotel, plenty of entertainment and well-developed tourist infrastructure.
In General, the tourist infrastructure on the island, and particularly in the mentioned areas, is very well developed. There are lots of hotels; shops; cafes and restaurants; travel agencies; dive centers; night clubs; rental of bicycles, motorcycles and ATVs.
To visit the island can not only independently for the long term, but also in the composition of the group tours or individual tour for one or two days. The purpose of such tours, most often, is the diving in Koh Tao, and they are carried out with the neighbouring Islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
What to learn more about the island, read information about Ko Tao, see:
- How to get to Koh Tao how to travel around the island
- Hotels of Ko Tao beaches where to stay
- Map of Koh Tao hotels
Weather in Koh Tao, tourist seasons
Relax on Koh Tao all year round, it is always warm. Stands the dry season and the rainy season.
The rainy season (low season) takes place in Koh Tao twice a year, from April to June and from September to November. It's not the best time to relax, though, and doesn't mean to visit the island at this time you should not. Particularly adverse weather situation may occur in November - early December, because increased precipitation is added to the strong wind, which creates a lot of waves. To bathe in this period can be dangerous ferries due to bad weather was canceled, and many hotels are closed for renovation and vacation.
Dry season (high season) runs from December-March and July-August. This is the best time for a beach holiday and for diving and snorkeling.
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Time in Koh Tao
Time difference between Koh Tao and Moscow is +4 hours in winter and summer.
Current time in Bangkok (same time on Koh Tao):
Accommodation on Koh Tao. The island is popular among Thais and during Thai holidays and all the hotels on Koh Tao can be busy. Also in the period of a few days before and about a week after the monthly party , Full Moon Party, usually in hotels there are no available rooms, so consider booking at this time in advance.
Wiring when renting a vehicle. The island is notorious conman travelers when renting motorcycles and other vehicles. Details be sure to take photos of the vehicle before the date of rental, then to prove that you have made pre-existing damage. If you are sure of the correctness, to ask for help to the police. At least it will cool the ardor of "ransomware" and they can reduce the price or even abandon their claims.