Koh Tao

Leaving Koh Samui – Arrival on Koh Tao

Leaving Koh Samui…

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Finally I got away from that touristy island and headed north towards the diving islands Koh Tao…

“Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao,  “Turtle Island”) is an island in Thailand and forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². Administratively it forms a tambon within the district (amphoe) Ko Pha Ngan of Surat Thani Province. As of 2006 its official population was 1,382.The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat.

The economy of the island is almost exclusively centred on tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers after the island’s turtle-like shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding programme organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island’s ecosystem.”

The ferry ride took 1.5 hours…

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Finally arriving at Koh Tao..

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it was already quite late…and the sunset was coming soon..

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some time left to discover the beach area..

best opportunity for long time exposure shots…

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found the cat…

It got dark really quickly..

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good night Koh Tao…

next up…more of the island..

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