|Kohtaois in the middle of a tropical paradise infringed with shaddy palms and green turquoise waters.
KoTao is a small island, only 20 square kilometres and just about half of that too rugged to reach. To begin with the islandwas not inhabited, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems odd that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times earmarked as a top-security prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being nearly 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTaois surrounded by loads of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks as well.
Consequently, as its reputation for fabulous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes grew, easier access was made available as soon as safer constructed were brought in to cope with the number of backpackers being attracted to the island.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
A huge range of fishes and some amazing coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other activities now include kite surfing and Mountain Treks.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing Koh Taohas maintained its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
It began with the original bamboo and coconut bungalowson the beach for 20 Thai Baht a day, to quite simple thatched houses, the local islandclans decided fast to this influx of outsiders otherwise called Farangs, by adapting .
At first this little islandwas not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.