In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a Royal Pardon for KoTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
From the first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.
Ko Tao is a place of exotic beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
Despite Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see plenty of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.
Koh Tao's weatheris the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Nice weatherdays and a steady sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, late December to late of March is the perfect tropical islandexperience.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 KoTao housed political prisoners. Being situated about 70 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
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.
Ko Tao has many undeveloped remote beaches and mountains.