|Kohtaois a place of impressive beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced. Koh Taois little; 21 sq kilometer and half of that too steep to access.
Ko Tao's climate is the whole year beautiful. Nice weather days and a steady sea breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the perfect tropical island experience.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn visited Koh Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the first people from KoPhangan who were looking for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going mad for the Full Moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back-packer groups were vivacious about the fantastic newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the inexpensive living, backpackerssoon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, unique marine life and staggering landscapes grew, easier access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.
These days, you can find everything from cheap simple bamboo bungalowswith palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's very first, and until recently, only road was laid, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of the island for better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
While visting Koh Taoyou can find typical picture-postcard views of coconut palm trees , crystal clear water and beautiful sunrises
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Koh Taowas home to political prisoners. Being positioned about 75 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.