Without question, Ko Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in Thailand.
Consequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, better access was made available as soon as newer constructed were brought in to handle the number of visitors being attracted to the island.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and moved to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was deserted once more. This was in the same year that the first people laid claim to a large portion of terrain on what is now identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Tao by a small boat from the next island of KohPhangan.
KoToa's status expanded and rapidly amplified as it broadly became known throughout the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately KoTao has maintained its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
The first settlers lives consisted mainly of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and providing for by fishing.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted 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.