A culture shock to most people, 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 different food from around the world.
Fascinated by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Koh Toa, and the development in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises started a diving shop on the island. These companies in turn built resortsfor their clientele, and after a while a lot of these places transformed into quite developed places.
Koh Tao is situated in a tropical paradise with many coconut palms and green turquoise waters.
Native fishermen and farmers recognised that business people from outside the island were expanding Ko Tao to provide all these new visitors and they too without delay started to businesses to satisfy the visitors demands.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Ko Tao housed political prisoners. Being located about 75 kilometres from the mainland meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Despite KohTaostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.