No question, Koh Taohas some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in Thailand.
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to cultivate and harvest the very rich.
Fascinated by the stunning coral reefs surrounding Koh Toa, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies established a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed accommodation for their clients, and after a while quite a few of these resorts transformed into quite developed places.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackers other wise known as farangs.
It began with the first bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for thrity Baht a day, to quite simple thatched bungalows, the local islandclans reacted quickly to this arrival of strangers otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to it.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of tourist coming to Koh Taohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way Chiang Mai and beyond. Koh Taoconsists of a amazing paradise with many postcard like palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Koh Tao is a small island, only 22 square kilometres with just about half of that too rugged to attain. To begin with the islandwas not occupied, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands when in search of cover during storms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been initially set up as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was comparatively escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Tao is surrounded by loads of Black Tip ans Whale sharks too.