The prisoners were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas a desert islandyet again.
In the beginning of 1980's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first people from KoPhangan who were searching for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Koh Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to discover and soon the back packer network was vivacious about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the beautiful powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals 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 . Subsequently, as its status for beautiful nature, excellent marine life and wonderful landscapes grew, simple access was offered when improved and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of backpackers, being attracted to the island.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was made available as soon as newer built were brought in to handle the number of visitors being attracted to the island.
Ko Tao is petite; 22 square kilometer and fifty per cent of that too steep to access.
Now a days, you can find everything from cheap simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant up-market villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands very 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 under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and once finised it will open up the other side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
The islands reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kohtaois about to become in the recent a diverstop destination in SE Asia.
Koh Tao's weatheris almost always a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a nice ocean breeze are the norm. The best time for a visit, late December to late of March is the perfect holiday islandexperience.