Throughout the last twelve years KoTao has transformed in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the major diveislands in Thailand, bringing in all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
It has so much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted people here in the first place, it is still a little piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
The 1st generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to cultivate & harvest the very rich.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't put off these fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KoTao and began to farm and reap the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the huge coconut plantations throughout the island.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 KoTao was home to political prisoners. Being situated approximately 70 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Here they discovered something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical islandparadise of Koh Tao.
In ore by the tropical beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
The island of Ko Tao is one of Thailand's real tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, people from many different countries come back year after year to soak up the unique feeling of the island.