Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Ko Tao was home to political prisoners. Being situated about 70 kilometres from the mainland meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't thwart those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to farm and yield the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of verification of the very large plantations everywhere on the island.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
No doubt, Koh Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Ko Tao now has 24 hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all.
No doubt, Koh Taohas some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
A enormous variety of fishes and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other activities now include trekking and Mountain Treks.
Unlike a few years ago, visitors can get now everything from low-cost straightforward wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant chic villas with private facilities and swimming pool.