Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing the islandhas kept its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Ko Tao has many natural remote beaches and jungle.
On the 18th of june 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn visited Koh Taoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach. KohTaois a very little island, only twenty one square kilometres and virtually half of that too rugged to access. To begin with the islandwas not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when seeking a safe haven during thunderstorms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning earmarked as a penal island. Strange, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.
A culture shock to most people, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering different food from all over the world.
Native farmers and fishermen realised that business people from outside Thailand were building up Ko Tao to provide the needs of all these new visitors and they too immediately started to businesses to fulfil the clients demands.