From the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts right on the beach for 20 Thai Baht a night, to very simple thatched houses, the local Thai families decided quickly to this influx of strangers otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to it.
A huge range of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other activities now include trekking and Mountain Treks.
Koh Toa's reputation spread and quickly increased as it generally became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
During the last 12 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest dive destinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately KohTaohas maintained its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
The settlers lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those days getting to KoTao required a dangerous boat journey from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted, but the inhabitants continued to increase progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much reward.
Now a days, you can get everything from basic simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to exotic up-market villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands 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 with 4x4.
Here they found something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the wonderful newly found islandparadise of KoTao.
In ore by the tropical beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.