Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Ko Tao was home to political prisoners. Being located about 65 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Here they discovered something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical islandparadise of KohTao.
Hyptomised by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
Despite KohTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
No question, Ko Tao has some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in SE Asia.
While visting Ko Tao visitors can find amazing picture-postcard views of swaying palm trees , bright blue bays and beautiful mountain views
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as farangs.Kho Tao is a small island near Chumphon.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.