The given name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; most say that the name is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while many others maintain it is from the day's when the water near the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding spot.Koh Tao is a small island near of Koh Phangan.
The islands reputation spread and quickly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Kohtao is situated in a natural paradise with a lot of shaddy palms and bright turquoise waters.
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more secluded bays and beaches.
Native fishermen and farmers grasped that people from outside the islandwere developing their islandto provide the needs of all these new customers and they too immediately opened a businesses to fulfil all the clients demands.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't avert those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to farm and harvest the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted once again. This was the same year that the initial people laid claim to a big segment of terrain on what is at this time identified as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Koh Toa by a small boat from the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.