Unlike before 2000, guests can get now everything from low-priced plain wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant expensive villas with private facilities and swimming pool.
Koh Toa's reputation spread and briskly increased as it generally became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
Koh Toa is a little island, only twenty sq km and half of that too harsh to reach. In the begining the island was not inhabited, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands while seeking refuge during thunderstorms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems out of the ordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been at first earmarked as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being virtually seventy km from the mainland meant it was comparatively escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoToa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.
The given name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst others claim it is from the days when the sea nearby the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
In those days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Departures & arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as Ferangs.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from around the world.