Their lives consisted of picking coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course sustaining through fishing.
These days, you can find everything from cheap simple wooden bungalows with palm leaf roofs to elegant up-market villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's first, and until recently, only road was laid, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of Koh Tao for better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
KoTao's reputation spread and quickly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the exiting newly found islandparadise of Koh Tao.
In ore by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
At first this little island was not inhabited, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Despite Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
Consequently, as its reputation for fabulous nature, outstanding marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when newer constructed were brought in to cope with the large number of back packers being attracted to the island.