Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Koh Taowas home to political prisoners. Being located about 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, quite a few companies have started diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Departures and arrivals 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.
Kho Tao offers to the visitor natural remote beaches and coves.
Kohtaois a amazing paradise with many shaddy palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
The very first generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and started to cultivate & harvest the rich) soil and natural resources Koh Taostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see loads of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.
From the original bamboo and coconut bungalowsnext to the beach for thrity Baht a night, to quite simple thatched houses, the native Phangan families decided fast to this influx of outsiders otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the sea surrounding KoTao was rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding area.