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 eating establishments offering different food from all over the world.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing Ko Tao has maintained its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to farm and yield the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. Although it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of confirmation of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
Kohtao has to offer many popular things to do one being diving at many of Kohtao bays.
Attracted by the wonderful coral reefs surrounding Koh Tao, and the growth in recreational diving, quite a few companies have established diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the exiting newly found islandparadise of Koh Tao.
In ore by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
The island of Ko Tao is one of the country's real tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and hidden bays, visitors from many different countries come back year after year to experience the unforgettable Thai culture.