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KohTao islandis positioned approximately 70 kilometres east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 22 km in size - so small but not too small.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Ko Tao housed political prisoners. Being positioned about 75 km from the mainland meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others claim its from the days when the sea surrounding KohTao were rich with turtles and Koh Tao was their main breeding area.
The early 1980's brought to KohTaosome of the very first travellers from KoPhangan who were searching for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going barmy for the full moonparties on KohPhangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back-packer network was buzzing about the wonderful newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks of several days were common. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its status for dazzling nature, outstanding marine life and staggering landscapes grew, simple access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back packers, being engrossed to the island.
On Kohtaovisitors can find amazing picture-postcard views of swaying palms , crystal clear lagoons and breathtaking sunsets
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and began to harvest & cultivate the rich) soil and natural resources KoTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
In those days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population of the island continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.