In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for KohTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.Kohtao is a amazing islandin the gulf of Thailand.
Ko Tao is an island of exotic beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from making their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to farm and reap the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see lots of confirmation of the very large plantations throughout the island.
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays. Koh Tao has many undeveloped bays and jungle.
From the first bamboo and coconut bungalowson the beach for thrity Thai Baht for a night, to quite simple thatched bungalows, the native Phangan clans reacted fast to this influx of strangers otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to the business. KohTaois small; 22 sq km and fifty per cent of that too steep to access.