|Kohtaois situated in a natural paradise with many swaying palms and bright turquoise waters.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to exotic high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's very first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs South to North 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 completed it will open up the other side of the islandfor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
The given name KoToa means Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while others state it is from the day's when the sea near the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding area.
KoToa's standing spread and promptly increased as it broadly became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KohTao, and the quick growth in sport diving, a number of companies have started divebusinesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn developed exclusive resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach most of the time are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.
Unlike a few years ago, you can get now everything from low-cost basic wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful chic places with private facilities and swimming pool.