Their lives mainly consisted of picking coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and providing for themselves with fishing.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalowson Koh Taofor every kind of budget, availible for online reservationhere.
Koh Tao islandis located approximately 60 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 21 km in size - so small but not too small.
While visting Ko Tao you can see typical picture-postcard views of coconut palms , crystal clear bays and breathtaking sunrises
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach always are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden beaches and bays.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
Here they discovered something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the fantastic newly found tropical island paradise of KohTao.
Hyptomised by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
The early 1980's brought to Koh Toa some of the very first people from KoPhangan who were seeking for something innovative away from the masses and crowds who were going barmy for the full moon party on KoPhangan. Here they located something more than just a new island to discover and soon the backpackergroups were buzzing about the superb newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the striking powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back-packers soon came in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were common. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its standing for dazzling nature, extraordinary marine life and amazing landscapes grew, simple access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.