The early 80's brought to KoToa some of the first people from full moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back-packer network was buzzing about the wonderful newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the inexpensive living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its status for striking nature, unique marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
Ko Tao is full of natural remote beaches and jungle.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current development, Turtle island has retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybody's tastes and expeniture.
KoToa's standing expanded and rapidly improved as it broadly became known throughout the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
You can book for a wide range of Bungalowson Ko Tao for differnt type of budget, availible for online reservationon this website.
Ko Tao islandis situated about 65 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 20 km in size - so small but not too small.
On Koh Taovisitors can see typical picture-postcard views of swaying palms , crystal clear water and beautiful sunrises
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 KoTao housed political prisoners. Being situated approximately 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Immediately following the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to Ko Tao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.