In the beginning of 1980's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first visitors from KohPhanganwho were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going nuts for the full moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer groups were energetic about the fantastic newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its standing for attractive nature, excellent marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, simple access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands very first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs South to North from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of the island for greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who got to Ko Tao by boat from the next island of Kho Phangan, KohTao was still under protection of the king in those days but it did not stop these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
From the original bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for twenty Baht for a night, to quite simple thatched huts, the local Thai clans decided swiftly to this influx of strangers otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Kho Tao offers a lot of popular things to do one being scuba diving at many of Kohtaobeaches.
Koh Tao's standing increased and speedily amplified as it generally became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.