On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited Koh Taoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Attracted by the striking coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises established a scuba diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn built accommodationfor their clients, and after a while a lot of these places have become quite plush.
Their lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those days getting to Ko Toa required a treacherous boat journey from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas & weather permitted, but the residents continued to increase little by little all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without a great deal of return.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for KohTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Koh Toa's standing expanded and promptly improved as it generally became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers. Kohtaooffers to the visitor undeveloped bays and jungle.
Initially this tiny islandhad no one living on it, frequented only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Koh Taoevolved in the grown into a diverstop destination in South Thailand.