Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical islandparadise of KoTao.
In ore by the tropical beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
Local farmers and fishermen saw that people from outside Thailand were building up their island to provide all these new visitors and they too immediately opened a businesses to fulfil the visitors demands.
The name Koh Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the water surrounding Ko Tao was swimming with turtles and Koh Tao was their main breeding site.
The given name KoTao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst many others declare it's from the day's when the sea surrounding the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
Local farmers and fishermen saw that people from outside Thailand were building up their islandto provide all these new visitors and they too immediately opened a businesses to fulfil the visitors demands.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas deserted yet again. This was in the same year that the initial people started to claim a large part of terrain on what is currently known as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoToa by a small boat from the neighbouring island of KoPhangan.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Koh Tao, and the quick growth in recreational diving, quite a few companies have setup diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted 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 different food from around the world.