KO TAO TRANSLATES AS "TURTLE ISLAND", SO NAMED BECAUSE OF
IT'S SHAPE AND ALSO THERE WERE MANY OF TURTLES LIVING AROUND.
It's only about 21 sq km and is remotely located about 70 km far from the mainland.
From 1933 to 1947 Ko Tao was used to jail political prisoners of the Bowaradech Uprising.
Many were transferred from Koh Tarutao to Ko Tao by reason of its location lonely in the middle
of the Gulf of Thailand.
The community in Ko Tao was settled at the first time when the villagers from Koh Samui and
Koh Phangan immigrated and were on the land of Ko Tao in 1947. Before that there were some
people who came and used the land for coconut plantation and small fishery.
During the past fifteen years the reputation of Ko Tao's natural beauty, especially its marine life
and coral reefs due to the island's distance from the mouth of Mae Nam Tapi, which affords high
visibility and an abundance of marine life. It soon became one of the major dive sites of South
More info : www.kohtaocenter.com
How to get here
The trip from Bangkok to Ko Tao
consists of two part traveling: from
Bangkok to Chumphon and from the
pier at Chumphon to Ko Tao by boat.
And for the tourists who want to visit
Koh Samui and Koh Phagnan at the
first, you can take a boat from
Suratthani instead of Chumphon.
The most popular journey to get here from
Bangkok - Chumphon - Ko Tao is to use
the bus/boat combination trip where the
tickets are available from many travel
agencies on Thanon Khao San.
Bus & Boat Time Table
BANGKOK TO SAMUI ROUTE
SAMUI TO BANGKOK ROUTE