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A popular island with fantastic scuba-diving opportunities, a beautiful beach, great food, and an easy island atmosphere.

Ko Tao is an island in Thailand and forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. 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. The island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering. Ko Tao is less developed than Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, but has become increasingly popular especially with the mid-20s backpacker crowd in search of relatively inexpensive scuba diving certification.
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