About 20 years ago, working in the Gulf of Thailand
, and during a particularly nasty spell of the NE monsoon, we took shelter behind a small island called Ko Tao. Anchored on the lee side late at night, not a single
light to be seen on the island.
Next morning, took a the boat ashore and landed on what appeared to be a uninhabited island.
Followed what looked like an old goat track up a steep hill, got to the top of the path, only to see a large sign post. "BAR 400 meters to your left".
Turned out there was a bar, and a dozen tourists. Not really self sufficient, twice a week a boat from Ko Samui or Surat Thani would arrive with fresh supplies of Singa and Mekhong.