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Local farmers and without a scuba diving businesses to fulfill all they have had a gracious act by lots to Suratthani

KOH PHANGAN

Koh Tao. In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand. The given name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; some say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upside down turtle whilst others maintain it's from the day's when the sea close to the island was island was their breeding spot. Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for & got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted once more. This was the same year that the first settlers laid claim to a big part of terrain on what is nowadays known as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTao by a boat from the next island of Koh Phangan. From the very first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beachfor 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as farangs.

Koh Tao. KohTao is a very little island, only 22 square kilometres with about half of that too steep to access. Initially the Koh Tao is surrounded by lots of Black Tip & Whale sharks too. This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't prevent those fortune seekers from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to KoToa and began to cultivate and yield the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see loads of confirmation of the large plantations everywhere on the island. KoTao now has twenty four hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all. The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beachalways are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded bays and beaches.

Koh Toa and weather is an inverted down turtle too and Kho Tao's weather is almost always a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a steady sea breeze are the norm. The best time for a visit, end of December to late of March is the ideal tropical island is positioned about 75 km east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailandand its approximatly 20 km in size - so small but not too small. Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.