Native farmers and fishermen grasped that merchants from outside the islandwere building up Koh Taoto accommodate all these new visitors and they too without delay began businesses to satisfy the clients demands.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, better access was became available when newer constructed were brought in to handle the number of back packers being attracted to the island.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KohTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to Ko Tao by boat from the neighboring islandof Kohpangan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not stop those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
Immediately following the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Not like before 2000, visitors can get today everything from inexpensive basic wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant exclusive places with private swimming pool and facilities.
Ko Tao's climateis the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Nice weatherdays and a steady sea breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, late December to late of March is the ideal tropical island experience.