On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to KohTaoby boat from the next islandof Ko Phangan, KohTaowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
The 1st generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to cultivate & harvest the rich) soil and natural resources Ko Tao 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 coconut plantations all over the island.
They were all repatriated and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was a desert island yet again.
Kho Tao's climateis during all seasons a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a refreshing sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, late December to the end of March is the best tropical islandweather.
The early 80's brought to KohTaosome of the very first back packers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for something new away from the crowds & masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Kohphangan.
In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
In the begeining this little island had no one living on it, frequented only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.