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Rama V stone

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A large stone bearing the initials of King Rama V, who visited Ko Tao in 1899, is located at the southern end of Haad Sairee.

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When King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) visited Ko Tao in 1899 he left his mark in the form of his monogram carved into a large boulder at the southern end of the beach. It is a low-key affair, with a small area for offerings and the placing of incense along with a few potted plants dotted around. Rama V also visited Ko Pha Ngan on a number of occasions. This is a highly-revered site – don’t even think of adding your own initials.

While the stone certainly isn’t worth a special trip, if you’re walking down the beach, it is difficult to miss, so do check it out if you happen to be passing through. To get here, walk to the southern end of Haad Sairee along the beachfront path, and you can’t miss it. A statue of Rama V stands nearby.

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