Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
The given name KoTao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an inverted turtle whilst others say it's from the day's when the water near the islandwas rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalows on Ko Tao for differnt kind of budget, availible to book online here.
KohTao island is situated about 65 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 21 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and quickly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached Ko Tao by boat from the neighboring islandof Kohpangan, the islandwas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't prevent those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
Initially this tiny island had no one living on it, frequented only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Throughout the last twelve years Koh Toa has transformed in many ways as it developed to become one of the best divedestinations in Southeast Asia, attracting all levels of water lovers and diversalike.