Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
KoToa is a small island, only twenty square kilometres and almost half of that too steep to get to. To begin with the islandwas not occupied, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when seeking a safe haven during thunderstorms or when in need of fresh water and supplies. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been previously earmarked as a top-security prison. Bizarre, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being just about 70 kilometers from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoToa is surrounded by a lot of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
KohTao's status spread and briskly increased as it generally became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
In the begeining this little island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
It has much to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted Full Moon party on KoPhangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was energetic about the wonderful newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its status for striking nature, excellent marine life and mind-blowing landscapes grew, simple access was offered when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of back packers, being attracted to the island.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as Ferangs.
In the early days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population of the island continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.