The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach especially in high season are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and amazing landscapes grew, better access was made available as soon as safer built were brought in to cope with the number of visitors being attracted to the island.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Kohtao changed in the recent a divers top destination in South Thailand.
In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the wonderful newly found islandparadise of Ko Tao.
Captivated by the tropical beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't avert those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KoToa and began to farm and reap the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of proof of the huge coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
It began with the original bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for 20 Thai Baht a day, to quite simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted fast to this arrival of outsiders otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to the business.