A culture shock to most people, but generally the islandreacted 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 eating establishments offering different food from around the world.
Attracted by the wonderful coral reefs surrounding Koh Tao, and the quick growth in recreational diving, quite a few companies have established divebusinesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
Ko Tao is a place of natural beauty and charm, a place, where you can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first setup as a prison.
During the last 10 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.
Not like a few years ago, you can get today everything from economical straightforward wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish high-class places with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 KoTao was home to political prisoners. Being situated approximately 75 km from the mainland meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
The prisoners were all pardoned and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and Koh Taowas deserted yet again.