At first this tiny islandhad no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing Ko Tao has kept its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Local farmers and fishermen saw that business people from outside Thailand were building up Ko Tao to provide the needs of all these new visitors and they too immediately initated a businesses to satisfy all the visitors demands.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that business people from other places were developing their island to 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.
The first settlers lives consisted mainly of picking coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and providing for with fishing.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Unlike a few years ago, guests can get today everything from cheap basic wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant high-class villas with their own private facilities and swimming pool.
A enormous range of fishes and some amazing coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and Boat tours.