From the first A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts right on the beach for thrity Baht for a night, to very simple thatched houses, the native islandclans reacted rapidly to this influx of visitors otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to it.
KoTao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
This was at the same time that the first settlers laid claim to a big portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
Despite You will still see loads of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
KohTaois small; 22 sq km and 50% of that too steep to access.
Not like a few years ago, you can get now everything from cheap simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant up-market villas with private swimming pool and facilities.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first travellers from Kohpanganwho were looking for something new away from the masses & crowds who were going mad for the full moonparties on Koh Panghan.
Now a days, you can get everything from basic simple bamboo huts with thatched roofs to exotic up-market villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and once finised it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.