KoTao's standing broadened and briskly increased as it generally became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were creating their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
This was at the same time that the 1st settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
Consequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, easier access was available as soon as better built were brought in to cope with the large number of backpackers being attracted to the island.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach always have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.
The islandof Koh Taois one of Thailand's amazing tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and hidden bays, people from all over the world come again every year to experience the unforgettable feeling of the island.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't prevent those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to farm and harvest the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the huge coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others claim its from the days when the water surrounding the island were rich with turtles and the island was their main breeding site.