|Ko Tao is a nice island near Chumphon.
Ko Tao is a tiny island, only twenty one sq km with nearly half of that too rugged to access. In the begining the islandwas not inhabited, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking refuge during storms or when they require fresh water and food. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been previously earmarked as a prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being virtually 70 kilometers from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTaois surrounded by lots of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
The early 80's brought to KohTao some of the first travellers from Koh Panghan who were looking for something new away from the masses & crowds who were going nuts for the full moon parties on Koh Panghan.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local dive shops available.
Ko Tao has unnumbered undeveloped beaches and coves.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
These days, you can get everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with 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 constructed, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.