Ko, located just to the south of Prachuab Khiri Khan town,
has been important since the reign of King Rama IV (1851-68)
when the king made a trip to the temple to view a total eclipse
of the moon.
Rama IV (King Mongkut) was an avid scientist and astronomer,
who attempted to apply western science to Thai Buddhist cosmology.
The king later paid a visit to Khao Sam Roi Yot, further to
the north, to view a solar eclipse. During that trip the king
contracted malaria from a mosquito bite and died two months
Ko is flanked by a long white sandy beach with the ubiquitous
casuarinas. The area is a pleasant and quiet retreat.
Ko is located at Km 335 of Route No 4, 12 km from Prachuab
Khiri Khan town and within the boundaries of Muang district.
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