About 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 gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and conveyed to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas isolated once again. This was the same year that the original people laid claim to a big piece of land on what is now recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Ko Toa by a small boat from the next islandof KohPhangan.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding the island, and the quick growth in recreational diving, a number of companies have setup diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
Ko Tao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and received a royal pardon for Koh Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current development, Turtle islandhas retained it's magic, though it now caters for everyone's needs and expeniture.
Not like before 2000, visitors can find now everything from cheap straightforward wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish exclusive villas with a private facilities and swimming pool.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who got to Ko Tao by boat from the next islandof Koh Panghan, KohTaowas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't prevent these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
It has much to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the first place, it is still a little piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.