Local farmers and fishermen recognised that people from outside the islandwere expanding Koh Taoto accommodate all these new visitors and they too without delay initated a businesses to satisfy the customers demands.
From the original bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for twenty Baht for a night, to very simple thatched houses, the native Phangan clans reacted swiftly to this influx of strangers otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting .
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being situated approximately 75 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
The first settlers lives consisted mainly of harvesting coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and sustaining themselves through fishing.
KohTao's reputation spread and rapidly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden bays and beaches.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to the islandhave changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.