Now a days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's very 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 under construction towards Tanote Bay, and once finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors coming to Koh Taohave changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, year out students along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and began to cultivate & harvest the very rich.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited the islandand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
From the original bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for 30 Thai Baht for a day, to very simple thatched huts, the native Thai clans decided rapidly to this arrival of outsiders otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to the business.
Consequently, as its reputation for fabulous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes got bigger, better access was made available as soon as newer constructed were brought in to handle the large number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
Kohtao's climateis almost always beautiful. Blue-sky days and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, end of December to the end of March is the best holiday islandweather.