In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached KohTaoby boat from the next islandof Ko Phangan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
There is a wide range of Bungalows on Koh Tao for every kind of budget, availible to book in advance on this website.
KohTao island is situated about 70 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 21 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
The island is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
Fascinated by the outstanding coral reefs around Koh Tao, and the development in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises set up a diving shop on the island. These companies in turn constructed accommodationfor their clients, and over the years a lot of these resortschanged into a quite luxurious. KohTaois little; 21 square kilometer and fifty percent of that too steep to get to.
Ko Tao is a very small island, only twenty one sq km and about half of that too steep to attain. In the begining the islandwas not colonized, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when looking for cover during heavy storms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems out of the ordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been firstly earmarked as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being nearly seventy km from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Tao is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, better access was became available as soon as safer built were brought in to cope with the large number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.