The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the first back packers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for something different away from the crowds and masses who were going mad for the full moonparties on Kho Phangan.
Kho Tao offers a lot of popular things to do one being scuba diving at many of Ko Tao beaches.
No doubt, Ko Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in the country.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.
Attracted by the striking coral reefs around Koh Toa, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, some companies set up a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn constructed resortsfor their clientele, and after a while several of these places have become quite lavish.
The first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to cultivate & harvest the rich) soil and natural resources Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see lots of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as Ferangs.
The islandnow has 24 hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir built to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all.