There are bungalows at Haad Tien Beach Resort to suit all travel budgets, the great majority of the bungalows offering air conditioning and hot water at the higher pricing categories.



Local fishermen and a new array of Chalok Baan Kao.

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Koh Tao's reputation spread and bays. Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the growth in recreational diving, quite a few companies have set up resorts for their clientele, and over the years several of these resorts have become quite elegant. From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current re-development, Turtle island has retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everyones needs and budgets. The first settlers lives consisted mainly of collecting coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course sustaining themselves by fishing. On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn visited Ko Taoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.

Koh Phangan. In 1947 then Khun Oh who came in droves. Local farmers and fishermen realised that business people from other places were creating their Koh Tao is petite; 20 sq km and fifty per cent of that too steep to get to.

Koh Tao. These days getting to Koh Samui. The given name Koh Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted turtle while many others claim it is from the day's when the water near the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds. Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting Koh Tao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond. These days, you can get everything from cheap simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool. In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beachto the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao. A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of the island for greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4. Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.