Ko Tao now has twenty four hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir built to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being positioned about 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Kohtao's weather is almost always beautiful. Clear days and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the perfect holiday island weather.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, requested and received a Royal Pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Their lives consisted mainly of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves through fishing.Ko Tao is a small islandnortheast of Surat Thani in Thailand.
It began with the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo bungalowsnext to the beach for twenty Baht a night, to very simple thatched bungalows, the native Thai families decided fast to this arrival of outsiders otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to the business.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.