Koh Toa's reputation expanded and speedily amplified as it broadly became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, asked for and got a royal pardon for KohTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Over the last twelve years KoTao has changed in many ways as it strived to become one of the main dive destinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Here they found some thing more then just a new island to explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical island paradise of KohTao.
In ore by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
Their lives consisted mainly of picking coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and of course providing for themselves by fishing.
From the first bamboo and coconut bungalowson the beach for thrity Baht for a night, to very simple thatched houses, the native islandfamilies decided fast to this incursion of visitors otherwise called Farangs, by adapting to the business.
The given name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle whilst others maintain it's from the day's when the water surrounding the islandwas full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
KoTao now has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir made to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all.