Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
The islands reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
During the last 12 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest dive operation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Their lives consisted mainly of picking coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and sustaining through fishing.
In the beginning of 1980's brought to Full Moon party on Koh Phangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back packer groups were buzzing about the superb newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the stunning powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back-packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its name for stunning nature, extraordinary marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when improved and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back-packers, being engrossed to the island.
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering different food from around the globe.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't prevent those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to farm and yield the rich soil and natural resources the island had to offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see lots of verification of the very large coconut plantations everywhere on the island. Koh Taois situated in a tropical paradise with many postcard like palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.