Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately Ko Tao has maintained its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who reached KoTao by boat from the neighboring islandof Kohphangan, Ko Tao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't prevent these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to KohTao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way North to Bangkok and beyond.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the water around KoTao was rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their breeding area.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Ko Tao changed in the last years to a scuba diversfavorite destination in SE Asia.
Unlike before 2000, you can get now everything from cheap plain wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant exclusive places with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
Now a days, you can get everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to exotic up-market villas with their 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 under construction towards Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.