|Koh Taoconsists of a tropical paradise with a lot of shaddy palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Not like before 2000, guests can get now everything from low-cost plain wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to graceful up-market places with a private swimming pool and facilities.
Koh Tao is a small island, only twenty one sq km with all but half of that too harsh to access. At first the island was not populated, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands when seeking protection during heavy storms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been previously set up as a penal island. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was comparatively escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTao is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks too.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing the island has kept its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Kho Tao is a small island not far from it's neighbor islandKoh Samui.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't stop these fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to farm and harvest the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of confirmation of the massive plantations throughout the island.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of tourist visiting the island have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, year out students along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Despite KohTaostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.