Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
Despite Koh Taostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the large plantations all over the island.
During the last 12 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major dive destinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that business people from other places were developing their island to 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.
KohTao's reputation expanded and briskly increased as it broadly became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upside down turtle whilst others maintain it's from the days when the water close to the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.
Ko Tao's reputation spread and rapidly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 Koh Taowas home to political prisoners. Being situated about 75 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.