Local farmers and fishermen quickly realised that business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Kohtao offers a lot of popular activities one being diving at most of beaches.
Ko Tao is petite; 22 square km and 50% of that too steep to get to.
The early 80's brought to KoTao some of the first back packers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for some thing new away from the crowds & masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Kohpangan.
The early 80's brought to KoTao some of the first travellers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for something new away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the Full Moonparties on KohPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was vivacious about the amazing newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back-packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were common. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its standing for stunning nature, outstanding marine life and staggering landscapes grew, simple access was obtainable when improved and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of back-packers, being attracted to the island.
These days, you can find everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's very first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs South to North from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and once completed it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
It has so much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted travellers here in the first place, its still a petite piece of paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.