It began with the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts right on the beach for 20 Thai Baht for a day, to very simple thatched bungalows, the local islandclans decided rapidly to this influx of visitors otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to it.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people claim its from the days when the sea around the islandwere rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their breeding site.
Koh Tao offers to the visitor undeveloped bays and mountains.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, developing fruit & vegetables and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those early days reaching Ko Toa was a treacherous boat journey from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the weatherand seas permitted, but the inhabitants continued to grow progressively all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without a large amount reward.
The first settlers lives mainly consisted of picking coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and providing for with fishing.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as farangs.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.