From the first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as farangs.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Despite Koh Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
The prisoners were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTao was a desert island yet again.
Departures & arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Attracted by the striking coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of enterprises established a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn built accommodationfor their customers, and over the years a lot of these resortschanged into a quite luxurious.
Despite Koh Taostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the huge plantations all over the island.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at that time, asked for and received a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the islandwas isolated yet again. This was the same year that the initial people laid claim to a big segment of land on what is at this time known as Sai Ree Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby a boat from the neighbouring islandof Koh Phangan.