Now a days, you can get everything from cheap simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's very first, and until recently, only road was built, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards 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.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't stop these fortune hunters from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KoTao and began to farm and harvest the rich earth and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of confirmation of the very large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
KohTao is petite; 20 sq kilometer and half of that too steep to get to.
Without doubt, Kho Tao has some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in Thailand.
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 beaches and bays.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited the islandand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Engrossed by the outstanding coral reefs around KoToa, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, some companies set up a diving shop on the island. These enterprises in turn constructed accommodationfor their clients, and over the years several of these resortschanged into a quite plush.
Their lives mainly consisted of collecting coconuts, growing fruit & vegetables and providing for by fishing.