Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple bamboo bungalowswith palm leaf roofs to elegant up-market villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's very first, and until recently, only road was laid, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as farangs.
It has loads to offer but hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the first place, its still a petite piece of tropical paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
These were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who got to KoTao by boat from the neighboring islandof Kohpangan, the islandwas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't prevent those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
Kohtao's climateis the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Nice weatherdays and a nice ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, end of December to the end of March is the best tropical island experience.
All the prisoners were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted yet again.