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A view of Ao Thian Og beach

Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. The dive sites around Koh Tao are among the best in Thailand and consequently the island is very popular with divers (50+ dive companies). The island has seen an incredible development in the last 20 years or so. The comparison between photos taken in the early 90s and the current reality is just astonishing. Still no multi-storey resort, but bungalows nearly everywhere. Not too much problem with that when they mix well with the surrounding environment, but donít like those hanged on hillside when they break the natural skyline.

The beach on the photo is in Ao Thian Og (Shark Bay), located in the south of the island. My old zoom that should have been shelved a long time ago has done not too bad for this one. Perhaps because used at minimum focal length. Itís not always the case. Here in the NE of North America, the coming week-end is Labour Day week-end. Symbolically, it marks the end of summer, or at least summery activities. In a few months, we will be thousands dreaming about a week or two in a place like this.

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