It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been originally setup as a prison.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, developing fruit & vegetables and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those days getting to Koh Taorequired a treacherous boat ride from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather& seas permitted, but the inhabitants continued to grow little by little all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without much return.
They were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was deserted yet again.
It has loads to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted backpackers here in the 1st place, it is still a small piece of tropical paradise for all to share and enjoy.
While visting Kho Tao you can see typical picture-postcard views of swaying palms , crystal clear bays and breathtaking mountain views
It has loads to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted backpackershere in the 1st place, it is still a small piece of tropical paradise for all to share and enjoy.
In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward. KohTaois a little island, only 20 sq km with virtually half of that too steep to attain. In the begining the islandwas not occupied, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking protection during storms or when they require fresh water and supplies. It seems out of the ordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been at first set up as a prison. Strange, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being just about 70 km from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Tao is surrounded by lots of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.