Unsourced material may ao nang map pdf challenged and removed. The town consists chiefly of a main street, which is dominated by restaurants, pubs, shops and other commerce aimed at tourists. Ao Nang, offering dive course from basic up to instructor level.
Other options include Shark Point Marine sanctuary and the King Cruiser wreck which is suitable for intermediate divers, and mini safaris to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and the Ko Ha Yai Islands for experienced or deep qualified divers. Ticket booths with clear pricing structures are located at both ends of the beach. With help from the local and international communities, most of the damage was cleared up fairly quickly, and a Tsunami Memorial was built in Noppharat Thara near the national park offices to honor the thousands of locals and foreigners who lost their lives. According to national park headquarters staff, a few years ago the tsunami memorial sculpture was relocated to Bangkok and so today the only remnants of the monument are a small concrete entrance sign and a dilapidated wooden plank walkway leading to the small empty hut which once housed the monument. Another nightlife area, the strip of bars along Bamboo Soi, was demolished in 2014.
Ao Nang main street, early evening. This page was last edited on 5 September 2017, at 17:02. The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat. It would appear from old maps and descriptions that this island was known by European cartographers and mariners as “Pulo Bardia”, indicating that it was first settled by Malayo-Polynesian peoples. The most northerly and smallest of these islands is marked P. Bardia, the name it had until the early 1900s.
1701, but the specific map of the Gulf of Siam is dated around 1677. Also see maps of the East Indies by William Dampier c. By modern standards of accuracy, the islands are poorly placed on early maps. 1827 also mentions the island and provides a geographical position.
Narrative of a Residence in Siam. Frederick Arthur Neale, the author describes the people and wildlife of Bardia. According to the account there were farms and even cows in a village on the bay lying on the west side of the island. The book includes a fanciful illustration of “Bardia” showing huts and palm trees. Joseph Huddart in 1801 included these directions for navigating the islands, “To the N. A league is approximately 3 nautical miles or 5.
Ko Tao and left as evidence his monogram on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach. This place is still worshipped today. In 1933 the island started to be used as a political prison. Everybody was taken to the shore of Surat Thani and Ko Tao was abandoned again. In the same year Khun Uaem and his brother Khun Oh reached Ko Tao from the neighbouring Ko Pha Ngan by trying out their traditional sail boat, for that time a quite long and dangerous journey.
Even though the island was still under royal patronage, it did not stop these pioneers claiming themselves a good part of the land on today’s Sairee Beach. Having brought their families over, they began to cultivate the excellent soil, forming the first generation of the present-day community. They lived a simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing, and growing vegetables, which were also traded with Ko Pha Ngan. Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population grew steadily. In the 1980s overseas travellers began to visit Ko Tao and quickly became a popular destination.
As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Ko Tao. In the 1990s the island became known as a diving site. KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island’s ecosystem. Chumpon Pinnacle, a dive site to the west of the island has a reputation for divers in search of both whale sharks and bull sharks. However, because of warmer water temperatures over the last year a great number of bull sharks have migrated to cooler waters. The island is host to over 130 species of hard corals, and over 223 species of reef fishes belonging to 53 families. Diving conditions have improved dramatically in the past few years with the continuing education of locals by the dive community.
El Niño weather patterns caused a warming of the waters which resulted in the loss of a great deal of the shallow corals near the island. Since then, the recovery has been swift and dramatic. Ko Tao now offers some of the best scuba diving in the Gulf of Thailand. And with help by island conservation group, Save Koh Tao, the island’s environmental outlook is improving.