Arrivals & departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Engrossed by the beautiful coral reefs around Koh Toa, and the expansion in recreational scuba diving, some companies established a diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn built accommodationfor their customers, and after a while a lot of these resortschanged into a quite luxurious.
All the prisoners were all released and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was a desert island yet again.
A culture shock to many, 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 different food from all over the world.
Ko Tao is a place of impressive beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.
The Islandoffers many popular things to do one being scuba diving at most of the islandbeaches.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested & got a royal pardon for the islands political prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the nearby mainland and the island was abandoned once again. This was in the same year that the initial people started to claim a large portion of land on what is at this time recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who reached KoToa by a boat from the neighbouring island of Ko Phangan.