From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current re-development, Turtle islandhas retained it's charm, though it now caters for everybody's needs and expeniture.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first constructed as a prison.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Engrossed by the beautiful coral reefs around KohTao, and the expansion in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises established a scuba diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years a lot of these resortshave become quite developed places.
KohTao's reputation spread and rapidly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached Koh Taoby boat from the next islandof Kho Phangan, the islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not stop these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.