Now a days, you can get everything from basic simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and once completed it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas abandoned yet again. This was the same year that the first people laid claim to a large piece of land on what is nowadays recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoToa by a small boat from the next islandof KohPhangan.
Kohtao offers to the visitor natural bays and jungle.
Local farmers and fishermen quickly realised that business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
KoTao's reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Koh Taowas home to political prisoners. Being positioned approximately 75 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to KohTaoby boat from the next islandof Koh Panghan, KoTao was still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KohTaoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.