|Ko Tao is a amazing island near Chumphon.
These were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached KoTao by boat from the next islandof Koh Panghan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested & got a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and moved to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was abandoned once again. This was the same year that the first people laid claim to a big segment of land on what is at this time recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoTao by a small boat from the next island of Ko Phangan.
KoTao is little; 22 square kilometer and fifty percent of that too steep to access.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting the islandhave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes got bigger, better access was became available as soon as newer constructed were brought in to handle the number of back packers being attracted to the island.
The first settlers lives consisted of collecting coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and of course providing for with fishing.
A enormous range of fishes and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversunrivalled adventures. Other day time activities now include kayaking and fishing tours.