While visting Koh Taoyou can see amazing picture-postcard views of swaying palms , crystal clear lagoons and breathtaking sunrises
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested & got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas uninhabited yet again. This was in the same year that the original settlers laid claim to a big piece of land on what is currently identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Koh Taoby a small boat from the neighbouring islandof Ko Phangan.
Departures & arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
In the begeining this small island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
No question, Koh Taohas some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors coming to Koh Taohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Koh Tao's climateis almost always a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a refreshing ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the perfect vacation islandexperience.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others claim its from the days when the water surrounding KoTao were rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding ground.