They were the twin brothers Khun Oh & Khun Ueam who reached KohTaoby boat from the neighboring islandof Ko Phangan, the islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not stop these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
Not like a few years ago, guests can find now everything from inexpensive plain wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful chic villas with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
Ko Tao is an island of natural beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
In those days getting to KohTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather & seas permitted but the population of the island continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands very first, and until recently, only road was laid, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee beach 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 far side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors coming to Ko Tao have changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
Ko Tao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
Native farmers and fishermen saw that merchants from outside Thailand were expanding Ko Tao to provide the needs of all these new clients and they too instantly opened a businesses to satisfy all the customers demands.