Not like a few years ago, guests can get now everything from low-priced simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant high-class villas with private swimming pool and facilities.
It has so much to offer but hasn't lost what attracted people here in the first place, it's still a little piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Ko Tao has naturally become in the grown into a scuba divers top destination in South Thailand.
Ko Tao has unnumbered undeveloped beaches and mountains.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current development, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everybody's requirments and expeniture.
In the begeining this small islandwas not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Consequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, easier access was made available when better constructed were brought in to handle the large number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for & received a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was discarded once more. This was in the same year that the initial settlers started to claim a big portion of terrain on what is at this time recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Koh Toa by a small boat from the next island of KoPhangan.