In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, asked for & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were released and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas deserted yet again. This was in the same year that the first people started to claim a large part of terrain on what is currently identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Toa by a boat from the neighbouring islandof KoPhangan. Kohtaois an island of exotic beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Koh Tao changed in the recent a divers favorite destination in South Thailand.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited the island and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that merchants from outside Thailand were expanding Koh Taoto accommodate the needs of all these new visitors and they too without delay opened a businesses to satisfy all the visitors demands.
Kho Tao's climateis the whole year beautiful. Nice weatherdays and a refreshing ocean breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the perfect holiday islandweather.
On Kohtaoyou can see typical picture-postcard views of swaying palms , crystal clear lagoons and beautiful mountain views
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Tao by boat from the neighboring islandof Ko Phangan, Koh Taowas still under protection of the king in those days but it did not stop those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.