Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Ko Tao housed political prisoners. Being situated approximately 65 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Consequently, as its reputation for fabulous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes grew, better access was available when safer built were brought in to cope with the large number of back packers being attracted to the island.
Here they discovered something more then just a new island to explore and soon the backpacker network was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical island paradise of KoTao.
Hyptomised by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackers soon arrived in droves.
Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Koh Taoevolved in the last years to a diverstop destination in SE Asia.
These days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to exotic up-market villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and once completed it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
Kho Tao's weatheris during all seasons a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a steady sea breeze are the norm. The best time for a visit, end of December to late of March is the ideal tropical islandweather.
Koh Tao now has twenty four hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir made to ensure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.