Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a Royal Pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
A huge variety of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversunrivalled adventures. Other activities now include kite surfing and Boat tours.
During the last 11 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major dive destinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Their lives mainly consisted of collecting coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and of course providing for by fishing.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for & got a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas isolated once more. This was the same year that the initial people started to claim a big portion of land on what is now identified as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KoToa by a boat from the neighbouring islandof Ko Phangan.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first backpackersfrom Kho Phangan who were looking for something different away from the masses & crowds who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Kho Phangan.Kohtao is a little island in the gulf of Thailand.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not put off those fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to cultivate and yield the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of verification of the massive plantations all over the island.