It has lots to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted travellers here in the first place, its still a little piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist visiting KohTaohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Koh Tao is a place of impressive beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, requested and received a Royal Pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that business people from other places were creating their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
Unlike a few years ago, you can find today everything from cheap simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant exclusive places with their own private facilities and swimming pool.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been originally earmarked as a prison.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.