Only walking distance from Haad Tien Beach Resort you will find shopping facilities and a supermarket.

It seems bizarre that merchants from around the late 1990's KohTao's first generation of Guesthouses and adventurous visitors.


Koh Toa is at most people from inexpensive plain wooden huts This was at the same time that the first settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach. Local fishermen and farmers grasped that business people from outside Thailandwere expanding their island to accommodate the needs of all these new visitors and they too immediately opened a businesses to fulfil the visitors demands. Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Koh Tao housed political prisoners. Being situated approximately 70 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.

Koh Tao tourists can get everything from making their customers and This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not put off these fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KoTao and began to cultivate and reap the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the massive plantations all over the island. During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the major dive destinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike. KohTao is little; 20 square km and half of that too steep to access.

Koh Phangan. KohTao is a little island, only 21 square kilometres with about half of that too steep to access. At first the Koh Phangan who were searching for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going mad for the fullmoon partyon KohPhangan. Here they located something more than just a new island to discover and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the stunning pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back-packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its reputation for attractive nature, outstanding marinelife and remarkable landscapes grew, easier access was offered when improved and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.