Without question, Kho Tao has some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in the country.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Ko Tao changed in the last years to a divers favorite destination in Asia.
KoToa's standing broadened and speedily amplified as it generally became known throughout the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
KoTao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
Local fishermen and farmers recognised that merchants from other places were building up their islandto provide all these new visitors and they too without delay initated a businesses to fulfil the clients demands.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been originally earmarked as a prison.
Starting withing the first coconut and bamboo bungalowsright on the beach for thrity Thai Baht for a night, to very simple thatched huts, the local islandfamilies decided quickly to this arrival of outsiders otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.