It has much to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted backpackershere in the first place, its still a petite piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors coming to KohTaohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
The name Koh Tao means Turtle Island; most say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upturned turtle while many others say it is from the days when the water nearby the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
Kho Tao is an island of impressive beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
From the first bamboo and coconut bungalowsright on the beach for 30 Thai Baht a night, to very simple thatched houses, the native Phangan families reacted fast to this influx of visitors otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting .
A culture shock to most people, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering different food from all over the world.
The early 1980's brought to Koh Toa some of the very first people from Koh Phanganwho were searching for something new away from the crowds and masses who were going barmy for the Full Moonparties on Koh Phangan. Here they located something more than just a new island to explore and soon the backpackergroups were vivacious about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the beautiful pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the inexpensive living, back-packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its reputation for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and wonderful landscapes grew, simple access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of backpackers, being attracted to the island.