It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been first constructed as a prison.
In the begeining this little islandwas not inhabited, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach most of the time have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden beaches and bays.
Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas isolated once more. This was the same year that the original people laid claim to a big segment of land on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Toa by a boat from the next islandof KoPhangan.
The island of Kohtaois one of Thailand's amazing tropical paradise. Blessed with white beaches and secluded bays, visitors from many different countries come again every year to experience the unique feeling of the island.
The first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and began to cultivate and harvest the very rich.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KoTao by boat from the neighboring island of Ko Phangan, the island was still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't stop these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.