KoToa's standing broadened and speedily improved as it extensively became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
Here they discovered something more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical islandparadise of KoTao.
Captivated by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited Koh Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
Ko Tao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas isolated once again. This was in the same year that the first settlers started to claim a large piece of land on what is at this time recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Tao by a boat from the next islandof Ko Phangan.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that merchants from outside the island were developing Ko Tao to provide all these new visitors and they too without delay launched a businesses to fulfil all the visitors demands.
All through the last thirteen years KohTaohas altered in many ways as it developed to become one of the foremost divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of water lovers and diversalike.Koh Tao is a beautiful island not far from it's neighbor island Koh Samui.