A culture shock to most people, but generally the islandreacted 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 eating establishments offering cuisine from around the globe.
Koh Tao is a place of natural beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.
The early 1980's brought to KoTao some of the very first people from KoPhangan who were searching for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moon parties on KoPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the back packer groups were buzzing about the magnificent newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the stunning pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were frequent. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its standing for beautiful nature, unique marine life and staggering landscapes grew, easier access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.
They were all pardoned and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas a desert islandyet again.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current development, Turtle islandhas retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybodys needs and budgets.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.