KoTao now has 24 hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to make sure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
The first settlers lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and providing for with fishing.
A culture shock to most people, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from all over the globe.
Ko Tao's reputation spread and rapidly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Koh Taois about to become in the recent a scuba diversfavorite destination in Asia.
In 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas deserted once more. This was the same year that the first settlers started to claim a big portion of land on what is nowadays recognized as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KoToa by a boat from the next islandof KoPhangan.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Ko Tao was home to political prisoners. Being positioned approximately 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
All the prisoners were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted yet again.