These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby boat from the neighboring islandof Koh Panghan, Koh Taowas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't prevent these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
All the prisoners were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was deserted yet again.
During the last 12 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest dive destinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Ko Toa is a very small island, only twenty one sq km with nearly half of that too rough to reach. At first the island was not colonized, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands when on the lookout for shelter during thunderstorms or when they require clean water and supplies. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been formerly earmarked as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.
Around 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and got a Royal Pardon for the islands prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at that time, requested & received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas abandoned once more. This was in the same year that the original people started to claim a big portion of land on what is nowadays known as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KohTaoby a boat from the next islandof Ko Phangan.
There is a wide range of Bungalowson Ko Tao for differnt kind of budget, availible for online reservationhere. Koh Taoisland is situated approximately 70 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 21 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who reached KohTaoby boat from the neighboring island of Koh Panghan, Koh Taowas still under protection of the king in those days but it didn't prevent these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.