It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been first constructed as a prison.
Fascinated by the beautiful coral reefs around KohTao, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises set up a scuba diving businesses on Koh Tao. These companies in turn constructed resortsfor their customers, and over the years quite a few of these resortschanged into a quite plush.
Despite and cleared for coconut plantations. plenty of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Ko Tao was home to political prisoners. Being positioned about 75 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
A enormous range of fishes and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other day time activities now include kayaking and Mountain Treks.
Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
On Kho Tao tourists can see amazing picture-postcard views of shady palm trees , crystal clear water and breathtaking sunrises
These days, you can find everything from basic simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's very first, and until recently, only road was constructed, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.