Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical islandparadise of KoTao.
Captivated by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
KoTao is a very little island, only 21 square km with almost half of that too harsh to reach. At first the island was not populated, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands while on the lookout for protection during heavy storms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems out of the ordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been initially set up as a top-security prison. Odd, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly seventy kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
Koh Tao consists of a natural paradise infringed with postcard like palms and green turquoise waters.
Ko Tao is an islandof impressive beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
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.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and rapidly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
There is a wide range of Bungalow Resortson Ko Tao for differnt type of budget, availible to book in advance here.
Koh Tao islandis positioned about 75 kilometres east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 22 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.