The early 1980's brought to Ko Toa some of the very first people from Koh Phanganwho were searching for something new away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moon party on KoPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the backpackernetwork was energetic about the superb newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon came 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 . As a result, as its reputation for beautiful nature, excellent marine life and remarkable landscapes grew, simple access was offered when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back packers, being engrossed to the island.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited Koh Taoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Kohtao is a place of exotic beauty and charm, a place, where you can have a holiday far anyway, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
A culture shock to most people, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the globe.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach especially in high season have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.
Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Unlike a few years ago, you can find now everything from low-priced basic wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to stylish chic villas with a private swimming pool and facilities.