On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
It has lots to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted travellers here in the first place, its still a petite piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalows on Koh Tao for differnt type of budget, availible for online reservation here.
Ko Tao island is situated about 70 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 20 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way North to Bangkok and beyond.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the very first visitors from KohPhanganwho were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going nuts for the Full Moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back packer network was energetic about the superb newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the beautiful crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back-packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its status for attractive nature, extraordinary marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been originally constructed as a prison.
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.