In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Ko Tao is in the middle of a amazing paradise with many postcard like palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to the island by boat from the neighboring island of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not stop these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
It has much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted people here in the first place, it is still a little piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
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.
Ko Tao is small; 20 sq kilometer and 50% of that too steep to access.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more secluded bays and beaches.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.