Local farmers and fishermen grasped that people from outside Thailand were developing their islandto provide the needs of all these new customers and they too immediately launched a businesses to fulfil the clients demands.
KoToa is a tiny island, only twenty square kilometres and half of that too rugged to get to. To begin with the islandwas not inhabited, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when looking for cover during thunderstorms or when they require fresh water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been formerly earmarked as a prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being nearly 70 kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.
Koh Tao consists of a tropical paradise with many coconut palms and bright turquoise waters.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas uninhabited once again. This was in the same year that the first people started to claim a large piece of land on what is at this time identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby a small boat from the neighbouring islandof KoPhangan. Koh Taois a place of real beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
Ko Toa's status increased and rapidly increased as it broadly became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to look like an upturned turtle while others state it is from the days when the water surrounding the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding area.