The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden beaches and bays. Koh Taohas many popular activities one being diving at most of Kohtaobays.
KohTao is little; 22 sq kilometer and 50% of that too steep to get to.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Ko Toa is a little island, only twenty two square km with about half of that too harsh to attain. To begin with the islandwas not inhabited, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands while seeking refuge during storms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times earmarked as a prison. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Tao is surrounded by loads of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks too.
Unlike before 2000, you can find today everything from economical simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish chic places with a private facilities and swimming pool.