Starting withing the first coconut and bamboo bungalowson the beach for 30 Thai Baht for a night, to quite simple thatched huts, the local Phangan families decided quickly to this influx of visitors otherwise called Farangs, by adapting .Kohtao is a little island near Chumphon.
This was the same year that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately Koh Tao has maintained its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Arrivals and departures 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's reputation spread and rapidly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Attracted by the striking coral reefs surrounding Koh Tao, and the expansion in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises set up a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These companies in turn constructed resortsfor their clients, and over the years quite a few of these resortschanged into a quite lavish.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.