A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the globe.Ko Tao is a nice island near Chumphon.
Ko Tao is a natural paradise full of coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) visited Ko Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
Local farmers and fishermen quickly realised that business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
From the first bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as farangs.
Throughout the last 13 years Koh Taohas transformed in many ways as it developed to become one of the main divedestinations in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of water lovers and diversalike.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't prevent those fortune seekers from making their claim. The first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KoToa and began to cultivate and harvest the rich earth and natural resources on offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.