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.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island, and the growth in sport scuba diving, quite a few companies have setup divebusinesses on the island, these companies in turn developed exclusive resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
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 globe.
Now a days, you can get everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of Koh Tao for better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
The name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst others maintain it's from the days when the sea nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
In the early days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population of the island continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Kho Tao is a natural paradise with a lot of swaying palms and bright turquoise waters.
KoToa's standing broadened and briskly increased as it widely became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.