Ko Tao is an islandof real beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been originally earmarked as a prison.
Kho Tao's weather is the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, end of December to late of March is the ideal vacation island experience.
The island of Koh Tao is one of the country's real tropical gems. Blessed with postcard like beaches and hidden bays, visitors from all over the world come again every year to experience the unique Thai culture.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KohTao, and the growth in sport diving, quite a few companies have started divebusinesses on the island, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major diveoperation centres in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't inhibit these fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Koh Toa and began to cultivate and harvest the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of confirmation of the massive coconut plantations throughout the island.