Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the quick growth in sport scuba diving, quite a few companies have setup diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant. KohTaois petite; 22 sq km and fifty per cent of that too steep to access.
Kho Tao's weather is the whole year beautiful. Nice weather days and a nice ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the perfect vacation island weather.
The prisoners were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted yet again.
Unlike before 2000, visitors can get today everything from low-cost simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish expensive places with a private facilities and swimming pool.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't inhibit these fortune hunters from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to farm and harvest the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see lots of proof of the large coconut plantations throughout the island.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, easier access was available when better built were brought in to cope with the number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
Now a days, you can get everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant up-market villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's very 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 under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.