Ko Tao has unnumbered beautiful beaches and mountains. KohTaois surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
KoTao is a small island, only 20 square km with about half of that too rugged to attain. To begin with the island was not inhabited, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands when on the lookout for protection during heavy storms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems peculiar that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning set up as a penal island. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being almost seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip ans Whale sharks too.
It began with the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo bungalowson the beach for twenty Baht a night, to very simple thatched houses, the native islandclans decided rapidly to this incursion of strangers otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to the business.
The first generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to harvest & cultivate the on offer.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not inhibit these fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to cultivate and harvest the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see lots of confirmation of the large plantations everywhere on the island.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KohTao's very first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs South to North from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and once finised it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.