The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; most say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upside down turtle whilst many others state it is from the days when the water nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.
Ko Tao consists of a tropical paradise with many postcard like palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted once more. This was in the same year that the initial settlers started to claim a big portion of terrain on what is at this time identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Toa by a boat from the neighbouring island of KoPhangan.
The first generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to cultivate and harvest the rich) soil and natural resources available.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to farm and reap the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
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Ko Tao island is situated approximately 75 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 22 km in size - so small but not too small.Kho Tao is a little island next to famous Samui.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.