Local Culture

Local Culture in Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao is a very recently inhabited island. Before 1943 the island was only visited by passing fisherman looking for a good catch.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year

The first humans to live here, at least in recent history were the Political prisoners brought to the island in 1943, only to be pardoned by the King the very next year, leaving the island quite again.

The next group of setters was to stay longer; they built up a strong community that continues to the present day. To keep these communities together there are many annual events and festivals where tourist can sample a real taste of local culture.

Some of the best local festivals are;

His Majesty the King’s Birthday (December 5th) – The king is highly respected by all Thais and as well as his birthday they celebrate National Day and Father’s Day on the very same day.

Loi Kratong Day – On the full moon in November, at the end of the evening after local Thai dancing and kids shows, Flower decorated floats are laid in the sea and your bad luck floats away with the oceans waves.

Everyone joins in the fun at the yearly water festival, Songkran
Everyone joins in the fun at the yearly water festival, Songkran

Songkran Festival – This famous water festival happens on the 13th-15th of April each year. Everybody gets wet, and joins in the fun. In some parts of Thailand the festival runs for 3 days, on koh tao we usually only make one.

Koh Tao Festival – This yearly environmental and music festival usually happens in March or April, it really is a great event with many environmental activities both underwater and on land. During the night the island celebrates with some of Thailand best reggae bands, a real island festival.

Whether or not you are here for these great events you would ask you to respect Thai culture especially in places of worship.

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