Ko Tao is small; 21 square km and half of that too steep to access.
It has so much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the 1st place, it is still a small piece of paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Unlike before 2000, guests can get now everything from low-cost simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish exclusive places with a private facilities and swimming pool.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't stop these fortune hunters from staking their claim. The very first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to Koh Tao and began to farm and reap the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of proof of the large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Ko Tao housed political prisoners. Being situated about 70 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and quickly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.
The early 80's brought to KohTaosome of the very first backpackersfrom Koh Panghanwho were looking for something different away from the masses & crowds who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Kho Phangan.