Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, requested and got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
While visting Ko Tao you can find typical picture-postcard views of coconut palm trees , bright blue water and breathtaking sunsets
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was abandoned yet again. This was in the same year that the initial people laid claim to a large piece of land on what is now identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KoTao by a boat from the next island of KoPhangan.
Attracted by the stunning coral reefs around KoToa, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies established a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn constructed accommodation for their customers, and after a while quite a few of these resorts have become quite plush.
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 back packers other wise known as farangs.
Their lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing fruit and vegetables and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those days reaching Ko Tao was a dangerous boat ride from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted, but the inhabitants continued to increase little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much return.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Koh Taohas naturally become in the recent a diversfavorite destination in Asia.
The islandof Ko Tao is one of the country's real tropical paradise. Blessed with sunny beaches and hidden bays, tourists from all over the world come back year after year to soak up the unique Thai culture.