Local farmers and fishermen realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
Ko Tao's climateis during all seasons a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a nice ocean breeze are the norm. The best time for a visit, late December to the end of March is the perfect tropical islandweather.
There is a wide range of Bungalow Resorts on Ko Tao for differnt type of budget, availible to book in advance here.
Ko Tao island is located approximately 65 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 20 km in size - so small but not too small.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
The name KoToa means Turtle Island; most say that the designation is due to the islands appearance which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while many others state it's from the days when the sea nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited the island and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
All the prisoners were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby boat from the next island of Ko Phangan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.