Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and received a royal pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of cultivating coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those early days getting to Ko Tao required a dangerous boat journey from nearby islands or the main land, if and when the weather & seas permitted, but the population continued to grow progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much reward.
Ko Tao has to offer a lot of popular activities one being snorkeling at many of Kohtao beaches.
Attracted by the wonderful coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the growth in recreational diving, quite a few companies have setup diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Over the last 12 years Koh Taohas transformed in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the best divedestinations in Thailand, drawing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
In the early days getting to Koh Taorequired a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current re-development, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everybody's needs and expeniture.