On Kohtaoyou can find typical picture-postcard views of shady palms , crystal clear lagoons and breathtaking mountain views
Initially this small islandhad no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Now a days, you can get everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to exotic high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's very 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 once completed it will open up the far side of Koh Tao for greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Native farmers and fishermen saw that people from other places were developing Koh Tao to provide all these new visitors and they too instantly began businesses to satisfy the visitors demands.
Without question, Koh Taohas some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 KoTao was home to political prisoners. Being located about 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the quick growth in recreational scuba diving, quite a few companies have setup divebusinesses on the island, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.