In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and got a Royal Pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
The given name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the given name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while others say it's from the days when the water surrounding the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding area.
Unlike a few years ago, visitors can find now everything from cheap simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful up-market places with private facilities and swimming pool.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding Ko Tao were rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kohtaoevolved in the grown into a diverstop destination in Thailand.
From the original coconut and bamboo huts right on the beach for 20 Thai Baht a day, to quite simple thatched huts, the native island families decided quickly to this influx of outsiders otherwise called Farangs, by adapting .