Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that business people from other places were creating their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands. KohTaois a tiny island, only 20 square km with practically half of that too rugged to attain. In the begining the islandwas not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands while on the lookout for shelter during thunderstorms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times earmarked as a top-security prison. Odd, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being virtually seventy kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTaois surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks as well.
Consequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, outstanding marine life and beautiful landscapes grew, easier access was made available as soon as safer built were brought in to handle the number of backpackers being attracted to the island.
Kohtao's climate is the whole year beautiful. Clear days and a steady ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the perfect holiday island experience.
Kohtao is a nice islandin the gulf of Thailand.
Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
In those days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Ko Tao's standing spread and promptly amplified as it generally became known throughout the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.