|Koh Taois little; 22 sq kilometer and fifty per cent of that too steep to get to.
Kho Tao has to offer a lot of popular things to do one being snorkeling at most of Ko Tao bays.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, asked for & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was uninhabited once more. This was in the same year that the first settlers started to claim a large part of terrain on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Tao by a small boat from the next island of KohPhangan.
Kho Tao's climateis almost always a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, late December to the end of March is the ideal holiday islandweather.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first backpackersfrom Kho Phangan who were looking for some thing new away from the crowds and masses who were going mad for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering different food from all over the globe.
KoToa is a small island, only 20 sq km with practically half of that too rough to get to. Initially the island was not populated, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands when looking for protection during heavy storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning earmarked as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being just about 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.