The settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing fruit & vegetables and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those early days getting to Ko Toa was a dangerous boat trip from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted, but the population continued to enlarge little by little all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without much return.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas isolated once again. This was the same year that the first people started to claim a big part of terrain on what is now recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby a boat from the next islandof KohPhangan.
In the begeining this petite island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not thwart these fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to farm and yield the rich earth and natural resources on offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see loads of verification of the very large plantations throughout the island.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as farangs.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that people from other places were expanding their islandto provide the needs of all these new visitors and they too without delay began businesses to fulfil the customers demands.
This was at the same time that the 1st settlers laid claim to a big part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.