Engrossed by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Koh Toa, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies started a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These companies in turn built accommodationfor their clientele, and over the years several of these places transformed into quite lavish.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, requested and received a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and moved to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas discarded once again. This was in the same year that the original people started to claim a large segment of land on what is nowadays known as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Toa by a small boat from the next islandof KohPhangan.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist visiting KohTao have changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from all over the globe.
Kho Tao is a nice islandnortheast of Surat Thani in Thailand.
These days, you can find everything from cheap simple bamboo huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own exclusive 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 beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction on the way to Tanote Bay, and once finised it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first backpackersfrom Koh Phanganwho were looking for something new away from the masses & crowds who were going mad for the full moonparties on Kho Phangan.
This was the same year that the 1st settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.