Kho Tao consists of a tropical paradise full of shaddy palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach most of the time are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden bays and beaches.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't put off those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Koh Tao and began to farm and yield the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the massive coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame bungalows on the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as farangs.
Kohtaohas unnumbered natural remote beaches and waterfalls.
Now a days, you can find everything from cheap simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant up-market villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands first, and until recently, only road was laid, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and once completed it will open up the other side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.Kho Tao is a little island near Chumphon.
Ko Tao now has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to make sure that even in the dry periods there is enough water for all.