In the early days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The prisoners were all repatriated and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing Ko Tao has maintained its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Attracted by the striking coral reefs around Ko Tao, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises set up a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed resorts for their clients, and over the years a lot of these places transformed into quite developed places.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 KohTaowas home to political prisoners. Being situated approximately 65 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.Kohtao is a nice island not far from it's neighbor islandKoh Samui.
These were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who got to KoTao by boat from the next island of Koh Phangan, KoTao was still under protection of the king in those days but it did not prevent those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.