This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of the country's true tropical paradise. Blessed with sunny beaches and secluded bays, people from all over the world come again year after year to experience the unforgettable feeling of the island.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the first back packers from Koh Phangan who were looking for some thing different away from the crowds & masses who were going mad for the full moon parties on Kohpangan.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Koh Tao has naturally become in the last years to a divers top destination in Thailand.
Ko Tao's standing spread and promptly increased as it generally became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors. KohTaois small; 22 sq kilometer and half of that too steep to access.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the 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 islandwas deserted yet again. This was in the same year that the original people laid claim to a big part of terrain on what is nowadays identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Tao by a boat from the next islandof KoPhangan.