Unlike before 2000, you can get now everything from low-priced simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to stylish exclusive places with private swimming pool and facilities.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those early days getting to Koh Toa required a treacherous boat journey from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted, but the inhabitants continued to enlarge progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much return.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackers other wise known as farangs.
Kohtao has many undeveloped beaches and coves.
The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water around Koh Taowere rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their breeding site.
KohTao's standing spread and promptly enlarged as it generally became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, quickly started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
You can book for a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalowson Ko Tao for differnt type of budget, availible to book online here.
KoTao islandis situated approximately 75 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 22 km in size - so small but not too small.