Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately Ko Tao has maintained its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Koh Tao is petite; 20 square kilometer and half of that too steep to get to.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't thwart these fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KoTao and began to cultivate and harvest the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of verification of the large plantations everywhere on the island.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kho Tao has naturally become in the grown into a scuba diverstop destination in Asia.
During the last 10 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
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 backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.
It began with the original A-Frame bamboo and coconut bungalowsnext to the beach for thrity Thai Baht for a day, to very simple thatched houses, the local islandfamilies reacted swiftly to this incursion of strangers otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to the business.