In the early days getting to Koh Taorequired a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Despite Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see lots of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, requested and received a Royal Pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
It seems strange that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first earmarked as a prison.
The Islandoffers many popular things to do one being diving at most of Kho Tao bays.
Starting withing the original coconut and bamboo bungalowsright on the beach for 30 Baht for a day, to very simple thatched huts, the local islandfamilies decided quickly to this incursion of outsiders otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to it.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Ko Tao's climateis almost always a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a steady sea breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the best tropical island experience.