Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the fantastic newly found tropical islandparadise of KoTao.
Mesmerised by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
The island now has twenty four hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir made to make sure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached the island by boat from the neighboring island of Koh Phangan, KoTao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't prevent these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't inhibit those fortune hunters from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KoToa and began to cultivate and yield the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the very large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
While visting Kho Tao you can find typical picture-postcard views of coconut palm trees , crystal clear bays and breathtaking sunrises
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more hidden bays and beaches. Koh Taooffers many popular things to do one being scuba diving at many of Kohtaobays.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.