|Kohtaois full of beautiful bays and jungle.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Ko Tao evolved in the recent a diverstop destination in South Thailand.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others say its from the days when the sea surrounding KohTao was swimming with turtles and the island was their main breeding site.
The islands reputation spread and quickly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not put off those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Koh Toa and began to cultivate and yield the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the very large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
Koh Toa's reputation expanded and briskly enlarged as it extensively became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current re-development, Turtle island has retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everyones needs and budgets.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was isolated once again. This was the same year that the original people started to claim a large part of land on what is nowadays recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby a boat from the neighbouring island of KohPhangan.