The first settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course sustaining by fishing.
Not like before 2000, guests can get now everything from cheap plain wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful exclusive places with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
In the beginning of 1980's brought to KohTao some of the very first travellers from Koh Phangan who were seeking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the Full Moon parties on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the back-packer groups were energetic about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the beautiful pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-cost living, back packers soon came in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its standing for stunning nature, extraordinary marine life and wonderful landscapes grew, simple access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested & got a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was uninhabited once more. This was the same year that the initial people started to claim a big piece of terrain on what is at this time recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Koh Toa by a boat from the neighbouring island of Ko Phangan.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and received a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
In the early days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
They were all released and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas deserted yet again.
Ko Tao is a place of impressive beauty and charm, a place, where you can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.