It began with the first coconut and bamboo bungalowsright on the beach for twenty Thai Baht a night, to very simple thatched bungalows, the native islandfamilies reacted quickly to this influx of visitors otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.
The given name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst many others declare it's from the day's when the sea close to the islandwas rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
Around 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.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a big part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as Ferangs.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the quick growth in sport scuba diving, quite a few companies have set up diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at that time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas isolated yet again. This was in the same year that the initial people started to claim a large portion of land on what is at this time identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Koh Taoby a boat from the neighbouring islandof KohPhangan.
Ko Tao now has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir made to make sure that even in the dryest periods there is enough water for all.