Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the growth in sport diving, a number of companies have set up diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, better access was available as soon as safer built were brought in to cope with the number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
KohTao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalows on Ko Tao for every type of budget, availible to book online here.
Ko Tao island is located approximately 60 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 20 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas abandoned once again. This was the same year that the first settlers laid claim to a big part of land on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby a boat from the neighbouring islandof Ko Phangan.
During the last 11 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest diveoperation centres in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Engrossed by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies established a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed resortsfor their customers, and over the years quite a few of these resortschanged into a quite plush.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach always are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.