During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not put off those fortune seekers from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to KoTao and began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of verification of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately the island has kept its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
While visting Ko Tao tourists can see amazing picture-postcard views of coconut palms , bright blue bays and breathtaking mountain views
Engrossed by the outstanding coral reefs around Ko Toa, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies started a diving shop on Koh Tao. These companies in turn constructed resortsfor their customers, and after a while a lot of these places transformed into quite developed places.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being positioned about 65 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and quickly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.