A culture shock to many, 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 cuisine from all over the globe.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a royal pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
The islands reputation spread and quickly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at that time, requested and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was uninhabited yet again. This was the same year that the first people laid claim to a large part of terrain on what is now known as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KohTao by a small boat from the next island of KohPhangan.
Now a days, you can find everything from basic simple wooden bungalowswith palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Despite KoTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
No doubt, Kho Tao has some of most postcard like beaches anywhere in the country.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and beautiful landscapes grew, easier access was made available when better built were brought in to handle the large number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.