Surrounded by pure clear waters, Kho Tao changed in the grown into a scuba diverstop destination in SE Asia.
Native farmers and fishermen grasped that merchants from outside Thailand were building up Koh Taoto provide all these new visitors and they too immediately started to businesses to fulfil the visitors demands.
In the early days getting to KohTao required a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas & weather permitted but the population of the island continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Attracted by the stunning coral reefs surrounding Ko Toa, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises started a diving shop on Koh Tao. These companies in turn built accommodation for their clientele, and over the years quite a few of these places have become quite plush.
These days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant up-market villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's 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 on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
KoTao's reputation spread and quickly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, developing vegetables and fruit and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those early days reaching Koh Taorequired a dangerous boat trip from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted, but the residents continued to increase steadily all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without much reward.
Without doubt, Ko Tao has some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in SE Asia.