Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the fantastic newly found islandparadise of Koh Tao.
Hyptomised by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to Ko Tao by boat from the next island of Koh Panghan, KohTaowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
This was at the same time that the 1st settlers laid claim to a large part of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
In the early days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weather & seas permitted but the population of the island continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been first setup as a prison. Koh Taohas many popular activities one being diving at many of Kho Tao beaches.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach most of the time have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more hidden bays and beaches.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's charm, though it now caters for everybody's tastes and expeniture.