Without question, Kohtaohas some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Despite Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see loads of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
Ko Toa is a tiny island, only twenty two square km with all but half of that too harsh to get to. Initially the island was not inhabited, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands while in search of protection during heavy storms or when they require clean water and food. It seems peculiar that such a tourist paradise should have been originally earmarked as a top-security prison. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks as well.
Native fishermen and farmers grasped that business people from outside the island were building up Ko Tao to provide all these new clients and they too immediately launched a businesses to satisfy all the customers demands.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of the country's interesting tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and hidden bays, visitors from many different countries come back every year to experience the unique feeling of the island.
From the 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 farangs.
Kho Tao is full of beautiful remote beaches and waterfalls.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.