Their lives consisted mainly of harvesting coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and sustaining themselves with fishing.
A enormous variety of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other activities now include trekking and fishing tours.
These were the twin brothers Khun Oh & Khun Ueam who got to KohTao by boat from the neighboring island of Kho Phangan, the island was still under protection of the king in those days but it did not stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was uninhabited yet again. This was in the same year that the first people laid claim to a big part of land on what is now recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Toa by a small boat from the next island of Koh Phangan.
It has so much to offer but hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the 1st place, it's still a petite piece of paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing Ko Tao has maintained its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Consequently, as its reputation for fabulous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes got bigger, easier access was available when newer constructed were brought in to cope with the number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
From the original bamboo and coconut huts next to the beach for 20 Baht a day, to quite simple thatched houses, the local islandclans decided swiftly to this influx of outsiders otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting .