These days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KohTao's very first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Kho Tao is a tropical paradise infringed with swaying palms and green turquoise waters.
Kohtao's weather is almost always beautiful. Nice weather days and a nice ocean breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the ideal vacation island experience.
Fascinated by the beautiful coral reefs around KohTao, and the expansion in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies established a diving shop on the island. These enterprises in turn built resorts for their clientele, and after a while a lot of these resorts have become quite lavish.
Koh Taohas to offer many popular activities one being snorkeling at most of Ko Tao beaches.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst other people say its from the days when the water surrounding Koh Tao was rich with turtles and Koh Tao was their breeding site.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to KohTaoby boat from the neighboring islandof Koh Phangan, Ko Tao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
This was at the same time that the first settlers laid claim to a big portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.