In the beginning of 1980's brought to KohTaosome of the first people from Koh Phanganwho were searching for something innovative away from the masses and crowds who were going barmy for the Full Moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back-packer groups were energetic about the magnificent newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the beautiful crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, backpackerssoon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were common. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its name for beautiful nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of visitors, being engrossed to the island.
Ko Tao is in the middle of a amazing paradise full of swaying palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Throughout the last twelve years Koh Toa has transformed in many ways as it strived to become one of the major dive destinations in Southeast Asia, attracting all levels of water lovers and divers alike.
Ko Tao now has twenty four hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir made to make sure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited Ko Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 KohTaowas home to political prisoners. Being positioned about 70 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
No question, Koh Taohas some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in SE Asia.
Despite and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing.