KoTao now has twenty four hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir built to ensure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
KoTao is petite; 20 sq km and fifty percent of that too steep to get to.
Without doubt, Ko Tao has some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in SE Asia.
KoToa is a very small island, only 21 square km and practically half of that too rugged to access. At first the island was not populated, frequented 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 extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been originally set up as a prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
It began with the first coconut and bamboo bungalowson the beach for 30 Baht for a night, to quite simple thatched huts, the local islandclans reacted fast to this arrival of outsiders otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting .
A huge variety of marine life and some amazing coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other activities now include trekking and Boat tours.
It has much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted backpackershere in the 1st place, it is still a petite piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
On Koh Taoyou can see typical picture-postcard views of coconut palm trees , bright blue bays and beautiful sunsets