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History of Koh Tao

History

Prior to 1943, Koh Tao was uninhabited. At that time, the island was a jungle with an abundance of turtles and big flocks of pied imperial and Nicobar pigeons…

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Koh Tao Geography & Climate

Geography

Koh Tao is a remote island lying 47 km north of its closest neighbour, Koh Phangan, 72 km from Koh Samui, 74 km from Chumphon and 115 km from Surat Thani…

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Koh Tao People and Culture

People & Culture

Koh Tao is a fairly recently inhabited island with the first group of people migrating here in 1947 and others arriving mostly from Koh Phangan…

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Koh Tao Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Flora on the island consists of four main types 1. Dry evergreen forest 2. Mixed deciduous forest 3. Dry evergreen forest with the ‘Koi Naam’ tree 4. Beach Forest…

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Getting here & around

Getting to Koh Tao

Getting Here

The only way of getting to Koh Tao is by boat travelling from the mainland out of Chumphon and Surat Thani or from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan…

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Getting around Koh Tao

Getting around

Koh Tao is a small island and it’s possible to walk about and explore most of it in 3–4 days. The roads here are about 80% concrete, and the remainder is dirt track…

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Koh Tao Annual Events & Festivals

Annual Events

Koh Tao Underwater Festival to celebrate and focus on island’s environmental and conservation efforts. The festival goes on for 2 days and 2 nights…

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Koh Tao Emergency, Offices & Services

Emergency

There are numerous choices of private clinics on Koh Tao as well as the ‘Koh Tao Health Centre’. There are only a few resident physicians…

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