Unlike a few years ago, you can find now everything from low-cost plain wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant exclusive places with their own private facilities and swimming pool.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
A huge variety of marine life and some amazing coral reefs offer divers a unique experience. Other activities now include trekking and Mountain Treks.
The 1st generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to cultivate and harvest the on offer.
There is a wide range of Bungalowson Ko Tao for every kind of budget, availible to book online provided by PhanganIsland.com.
Koh Tao islandis situated about 65 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 22 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
All the prisoners were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been originally constructed as a prison.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding KoTao was swimming with turtles and the islandwas their breeding site.