Over the last twelve years Ko Tao has transformed in a number of ways as it strived to become one of the major diveislands in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when better constructed were brought in to cope with the large number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
Kho Tao is a place of impressive beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
This was the same year that the 1st settlers laid claim to a big portion of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Unlike a few years ago, guests can get now everything from low-cost simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant expensive villas with their own private facilities and swimming pool.Kho Tao is a amazing islandsouth of thailand.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as Ferangs.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas deserted once more. This was in the same year that the first settlers laid claim to a big segment of land on what is at this time known as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Tao by a small boat from the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.