A culture shock to most people, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering different food from all over the world.
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.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KohTao, and the quick growth in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies have set up diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn developed resorts for their clientele, and over the years several of these resorts have become quite elegant.
Attracted by the stunning coral reefs around KoTao, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies started a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn built resorts for their customers, and over the years quite a few of these places transformed into quite luxurious.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh & Khun Ueam who got to Koh Taoby boat from the next islandof Kho Phangan, the islandwas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't stop these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
The given name KoTao means Turtle Island; most say that the designation is due to the islands appearance which is meant to look like an upturned turtle while many others say it's from the days when the sea surrounding the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding area.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current development, Turtle island has retained it's magic, though it now caters for everyone's requirments and costs.