In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at that 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 transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas abandoned once more. This was the same year that the initial people laid claim to a big part of terrain on what is currently identified as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached Koh Taoby a boat from the neighbouring islandof KohPhangan.
Kho Tao's climateis the whole year beautiful. Blue-sky days and a nice sea breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, end of December to the end of March is the ideal vacation island weather.
Fascinated by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Koh Toa, and the development in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises started a scuba diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn constructed resorts for their clients, and over the years a lot of these resorts have become quite lavish.
KoTao is petite; 20 square kilometer and 50% of that too steep to get to.
Despite and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see huge coconut plantations all over the island.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding Koh Tao, and the quick growth in sport scuba diving, a number of companies have started divebusinesses on the island, these companies in turn developed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding KoTao was rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their breeding site.
It has so much to offer but hasn't lost what attracted travellers here in the 1st place, it's still a small piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.