Koh Kho Khao Island
The island of Koh Kho Khao still has traces of a glorious ancient civilization. Archaeologists presume that the island and it’s harbor were part of a former trading route linking India, China, the Middle East and Malaysia. The archeological site “Tung Tuk” on the island bears evidence of this ancient past. There is a statue of Narayana, ancient beads, remains of pottery made during the Tang Dynasty of China and Persian glass fragments have been discovered. You can visit these special places with your local guide and try to spot some of these ancient artifacts yourself!
Koh Kho Khao is made up of forested mountains, savannah like grasslands and beautiful wild flowers. Coconut and rubber plantations, part of the local agriculture, are spread throughout the island. The beautiful long beaches, wrapping the island are perfect for walks and enjoying the sun set.
There are different species of birds, mainly from the hornbill’s family, but throughout the year many others are passing by the island during their migration seasons and can be spotted around the area.
During the tsunami in 2004, the western side of Koh Kho Khao was swamped by the wave. More than 100 people lost their lives and the survivors will never forget the destructive power of the water. Most of the resorts were destroyed and had to rebuild their properties completely. Currently, the island has a tsunami warning system, which can help people to get to a safe place within minutes.
The community on the island is mainly Buddhist and there are three temples spread throughout the island. Learn more about the Buddhist culture by talking to one of the monks, with the help of your local guide and translator. You can chose to take part in a Buddhist ritual and experience the Buddhist ritual of making merit “tak bat”.
The Koh Kho Khao Adventure Homestay is an immersion in rural Thai island culture, food, history, and amazing natural beauty. You can learn how to make woven handicrafts, go fishing with locals community on the beach, have a kayak and hiking adventure to Khao Pra Noer, see historical artifacts at the ancient city, walk the elevated walkway through the mangrove forest to the sea, and bike to prime bird watching spots near your homestay.