Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for KohTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
A huge variety of fishes and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and fishing tours.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to Ko Tao by boat from the next island of Ko Phangan, Ko Tao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not prevent those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
The island of Ko Tao is one of the country's interesting tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, visitors from all over the world come back year after year to soak up the unique feeling of the island.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
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.
It has so much to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the first place, its still a little piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
Initially this tiny islandhad no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.