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Koh Tao islandis situated about 75 kilometres east of the coastline inbetween Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 20 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as farangs.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, requested and received a Royal Pardon for the islands prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
The early 1980's brought to KoTao some of the first travellers from Koh Phangan who were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going nuts for the full moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the backpacker network was vivacious about the breathtaking newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the stunning pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, backpackers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then setbacks of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its name for elegant nature, excellent marine life and amazing landscapes grew, simple access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of backpackers, being attracted to the island.
Suddenly the islandferries 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.Koh Tao is a little island near Chumphon.
Initially this tiny island had no one living on it, frequented only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to KoTao by boat from the next island of Ko Phangan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not prevent those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.