The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not inhibit these fortune hunters from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KoToa and began to farm and yield the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of confirmation of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
The given name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; many say that the given name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst many others declare it is from the days when the water near the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
The prisoners were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTao was deserted yet again.
The given name KohTao means Turtle Island; many say that the given name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst many others declare it is from the days when the water near the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
It has so much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted travellers here in the 1st place, it is still a small piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
These days, you can get everything from basic simple bamboo bungalowswith thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
A enormous range of fishes and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and Mountain Treks.