Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing KohTaohas maintained its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Unlike a few years ago, visitors can get today everything from cheap straightforward wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to graceful exclusive villas with private swimming pool and facilities.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackers other wise known as farangs.
All through the last thirteen years Koh Toa has changed in many ways as it strived to become one of the foremost dive destinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of water lovers and divers alike.
The name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands appearance which is meant to appear to be an upside down turtle while others maintain it's from the day's when the water near the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was discarded once more. This was in the same year that the original settlers started to claim a large portion of terrain on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoTao by a boat from the neighbouring island of KohPhangan.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to the island have changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.