From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's charm, though it now caters for everyones requirments and costs.
The settlers lives consisted of cultivating coconuts, growing fruit and vegetables and of course sustaining themselves with fishing. In those days reaching Koh Toa was a treacherous boat ride from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted, but the residents continued to enlarge steadily all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a great deal of reward.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Kho Tao changed in the last years to a divers favorite destination in South Thailand.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KohTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the expansion in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises established a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn built accommodationfor their clients, and after a while many of these resortschanged into a quite luxurious.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as Ferangs.
Kohtao's weatheris almost always beautiful. Nice weatherdays and a refreshing ocean breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, end of December to the end of March is the perfect vacation islandweather.
Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.