In those days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people say its from the days when the water around Koh Taowere rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding site.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't avert those fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KoToa and began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of proof of the large plantations all over the island.
KohTao's status expanded and rapidly enlarged as it broadly became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Kohtao's weatheris the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Nice weatherdays and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, end of December to the end of March is the ideal tropical islandexperience.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
These days, you can find everything from basic simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to exotic up-market villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KohTao's first, and until recently, only road was laid, it 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 towards Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, requested and got a royal pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.