Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors visiting KohTaohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way North to Bangkok and beyond.
Engrossed by the stunning coral reefs around KohTao, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises set up a diving shop on the island. These enterprises in turn built resortsfor their clientele, and after a while quite a few of these places transformed into quite lavish.
Now a days, you can get everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KohTao's very first, and until recently, only road was laid, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the other side of the island for better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
This was the same year that the first settlers laid claim to a big portion of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the fantastic newly found islandparadise of KohTao.
Captivated by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves. Koh Taois little; 21 sq kilometer and fifty percent of that too steep to access.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.