From the original A-Frame bamboo and coconut huts right on the beach for twenty Baht for a day, to very simple thatched huts, the local islandfamilies reacted quickly to this incursion of visitors otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to the business. Koh Taohas unnumbered undeveloped beaches and jungle.
The prisoners were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and Koh Tao was deserted yet again.
Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from around the world.
KohTao's status increased and promptly enlarged as it broadly became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.
Despite Koh Taostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see plenty of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.