The early 80's brought to Ko Toa some of the first travellers from KohPhanganwho were looking for something new away from the crowds and masses who were going barmy for the Full Moonparties on Koh Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the backpackergroups were energetic about the magnificent newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical 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 hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its status for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and staggering landscapes grew, easier access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of back-packers, being engrossed to the island.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when newer built were brought in to handle the number of back packers being attracted to the island.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a Royal Pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Fascinated by the striking coral reefs around Koh Toa, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, some companies started a diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn developed accommodationfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortschanged into a quite lavish.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that business people from other places were creating their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
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.
They were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was deserted yet again.