Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the wonderful newly found islandparadise of Koh Tao.
In ore by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.Ko Tao is a amazing island not far from it's neighbor island Koh Samui.
KoToa is a small island, only twenty square kilometres and just about half of that too steep to attain. To begin with the island was not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands while looking for refuge during storms or when they require clean water and food. It seems odd that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times set up as a penal island. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly seventy kilometers from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Tao is surrounded by a lot of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was abandoned yet again. This was in the same year that the initial people laid claim to a big part of land on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoToa by a small boat from the next island of KohPhangan.
The early 1980's brought to Koh Toa some of the very first visitors from Full Moon party on KohPhangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackergroups were energetic about the amazing newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back-packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its standing for striking nature, excellent marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back-packers, being attracted to the island.
Without question, Koh Taohas some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Despite KohTaostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.
The early 80's brought to KoTao some of the first back packers from Kohpanganwho were looking for some thing different away from the crowds & masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Koh Panghan.