Unlike a few years ago, you can find today everything from economical simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant expensive villas with their own private facilities and swimming pool.
Here they discovered something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the fantastic newly found tropical islandparadise of KohTao.
Mesmerised by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kho Tao changed in the recent a divers top destination in South Thailand.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of cultivating coconuts, developing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing. In those days reaching KoToa was a dangerous boat trip from nearby islands or the main land, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted, but the residents continued to multiply progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a large amount reward.
It began with the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts right on the beach for 30 Baht a night, to very simple thatched huts, the native islandfamilies decided rapidly to this arrival of strangers otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first backpackersfrom Kohphanganwho were looking for some thing new away from the masses and crowds who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Koh Phangan.
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 requirments and costs.