Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs around Koh Tao, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies established a diving businesses on the island. These enterprises in turn built accommodationfor their clientele, and over the years a lot of these resortschanged into a quite developed places.
These days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden bungalows with thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands first, and until recently, only road was built, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the other side of Koh Tao for better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and received a royal pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KohTao, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, quite a few companies have established diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush. Kohtao has many beautiful beaches and waterfalls.
The islandof Kohtaois one of Thailand's true tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and hidden bays, tourists from all over the world come again year after year to experience the unique feeling of the island.