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HISTORY
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Initially the island was uninhabited, there was only the occasional fisherman from the neighbouring islands, looking for shelter in a storm or just resting before continuing on his journey.
 
  It would appear from old maps and descriptions that this island was known by European cartographers and mariners as "Pulo Bardia". The old maps show a chain of three islands aligned north-south and lying off the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. The most northerly and smallest of these islands is marked P. Bardia - the name sustained until the early 1900s. The best map example is a map by John Thornton from "The English Pilot, the Third Book", dated 1701 but the specific map of the Gulf of Siam is dated around 1677.

Also see maps of the East Indies by William Dampier c1697. By modern standards of accuracy, the islands are pooly placed on early maps. 17th century marine navigation and cartography used the 'backstaff' which, in this area, was accurate to one degree of longitude or around 60 nautical miles.

Page 383 of 'The Edinburgh Gazetteer, or Geographical Dictionary' (1822) also mentions the island and provides a geographical position. In his 1852 book titled "Narrative of a residence at the capital of the Kingdom of Siam" by Frederick Arthur Neale, he describes the people and wildlife of Bardia. According to the account there were farms and even cows in a village on the bay lying to the west side of the island. The book includes a fanciful illustration of 'Bardia' showing huts and palm trees.

On June 18, 1899 King Chulalongkorn visited Koh Tao and left as evidence his monogram on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror bay next to Sairee Beach. This place is still worshiped today.

In 1933 the island started to be used as a political prison. In 1947 Khuang Abhaiwongse, prime minister at that time, pleaded and received a royal pardon for all prisoners on the island. Everybody was taken to the shore of Surat Thani and Koh Tao was abandoned again.

In the same year Khun Uaem and his brother Khun Oh reached Koh Tao from the neighbouring Koh Phangan by trying out their traditional sail boat, for that time a quite long and dangerous journey. Even though the island was still under royal patronage, it did not stop these pioneers claiming themselves a good part of the land on today's Sairee beach. Having brought their families over, they began to cultivate and harvest the excellent soil, forming the first generation of the present-day community. They lived a simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing and growing vegetables, which were also traded with Koh Phangan. Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population grew steadily.  

In the 1980s overseas travellers began to visit Koh Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Koh Tao. In the 1990s the island became known as a diving site.

 
 

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1. AC Resort Koh Tao
2. Amonrada House Koh Tao
3. Ananda Villa Koh Tao
4. Anankhira Boutique Resort
5. Ao Muong Resort & Diving
6. Asia Divers Resort Koh Tao
7. Baan Suan Ta Hotel Koh Tao
8. Ban's Avenue Guest House
9. Ban's Diving Resort Koh Tao
10. Beach Bay Villa Koh Tao
11. Beach Club Resort Koh Tao
12. Big CoCo Guesthouse
13. Blue Diamond Dive Resort
14. Blue View Villa Koh Tao
15. Bougan Villa Koh Tao
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. Bowthong Resort Koh Tao
17. Cafe' del Sol Guesthouse
18. Cape Shark Pool Villas
19. Chalisa Villas Koh Tao
20. Charm Churee Villa Koh Tao
21. Chintakiri Resort Koh Tao

22. Coral View Resort Koh Tao
23. DD HUT Bungalows Koh Tao
24. Dusit Buncha Resort
25. Freedom Beach Resort
26. Goodtime Beach Hotel
27. Haad Tien Beach Resort
28. In Touch Resort Koh Tao
29. Infinity Guesthouse Koh Tao
30. Infinity Resort Koh Tao
31. INFO Guesthouse Koh Tao
32. Island Spa Resort Koh Tao
33. Jamahkiri Resort & Spa
34. Jom Jam House Koh Tao
35. Jomthong Guesthouse
36. JP Resort Koh Tao
37. Khun Ying House Koh Tao
38. Koh Tao Bamboo Huts
39. Koh Tao Beachside Resort
40. Koh Tao Cabana
41. Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort
42. Koh Tao Heights
43. Koh Tao Hillside Resort
44. Koh Tao Hostel
45. Koh Tao Montra Resort
46. Koh Tao Regal Resort
47. Koh Tao Resort
48. Koh Tao Royal Resort
49. Koh Tao Star Villa
50. Koh Tao Studio 1
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. Koh Tao Toscana Resort
52. Koh Tao Tropicana Resort
53. Koh Tao Villa Kantaraya
54. Kookkai Guesthouse Koh tao
55. La Cigale Villa Suites
56. Le Rocher Hotel Koh Tao
57. Lotus Blossom Inn & Spa
58. Lotus Resort Koh Tao
59. Lotus Mountain View Zone
60. Mania Guesthouse Koh tao
61. Monkey Flower Villas Koh Tao
62. Montalay Beach Resort
63. Moon Dance Bungalow
64. Mr. J Bungalows Koh Tao
65. Nadapa Resort Koh Tao
66. Namhasin House Koh Tao
67. Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
68. Narakaan Boutique Hotel
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. New Heaven Resort Koh Tao
70. Nirvana Guest House Koh Tao
71. Nomads Coral Grand Koh Tao
72. Ocean View Bungalows
73. Orachon House Koh Tao
74. P.D. Resort Koh Tao
75. Pinnacle Koh Tao Resort
76. PP Guesthouse Koh Tao
77. Queen Resort Koh Tao
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. Sairee Hut Resort Koh Tao
79. Sairee Sairee Guesthouse
80. Sairee Sea View Hotel
81. Saithong Resort Koh Tao
82. Samatha Bed & Breakfast
83. Save Bungalows Koh Tao
84. Sea Lodge Koh Tao
85. Seashell Coconut Village
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. Seashell Resort Koh Tao
87. Seaview Resort Koh Tao
88. Sensi Paradise Beach Resort
89. Silver Sands Resort Koh Tao
90. Simple Life Resort Koh Tao
91. Sri Nara Guesthouse Koh Tao
92. Sun Smile Lodge Koh Tao
93. Sunshine Beach Resort
94. Tanote Villa Hill Resort
95. Thalassa Hotel Koh Tao
96. The Rocks Luxury Villas
97. Thipwimarn Resort Koh Tao
98. Tommy Resort Koh Tao
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. Utopia Suites Koh Tao
100. View Cliff Resort Koh Tao
101. View Point Resort Koh Tao
102. Villa Moore Koh Tao
103. Villa Sabai Jai Koh Tao
104. Villa Seaview Garden Koh Tao
105. Wandee Guesthouse Koh Tao
106. Wind Beach Resort Koh Tao
107. Yeaw Hin Hotel Koh Tao
     
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